Journal Article

Anthrax during Pregnancy: Case Reports and Review

Ayten Kadanali, Mehmet A. Tasyaran and Sedat Kadanali

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 10, pages 1343-1346
Published in print May 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/374845
Anthrax during Pregnancy: Case Reports and Review

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We review, in detail, 2 cases of anthrax during pregnancy, its maternal and perinatal complications, and its management. Patient 1 was a 33-year-old woman at 32 weeks of gestation. She had a submandibular eschar; extensive edema on her face, neck, and upper thorax that inhibited respiratory function; and fever. The patient was treated with penicillin G and prednisolone after the diagnosis of anthrax. She recovered within 10 days but delivered a preterm baby. Patient 2 was a 29-year-old woman at 33 weeks of gestation. Her anthrax lesion was on her right elbow, and therapy consisted of procaine penicillin. She also delivered a preterm baby. These 2 cases show that anthrax during pregnancy can be successfully managed, but preterm delivery could be a complication.

Journal Article.  2484 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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