Thursday, June 23, 2011

Neonatal infections - Infection with hepatitis A

Infection with hepatitis A to newborn is rare.
Transmission is fecal-oral and mother can transmit hepatitis A if theacute infection in late pregnancy.
Infant may be asymptomatic or may present symptoms of acute hepatitis, sometimes fatal.
Diagnosis involves determining the anti-A antigens in the stool, andpresence of anti-A, determining specific IgG and IgM.

Newborns from mothers with hepatitis A in the last 2 weeks of gestation will receive specific globulin anti-hepatitis A at a dose of0, 5 ml intra-muscular route administered.

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