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Chickenpox in Pregnancy

Author(s)Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
AbstractVaricella, the primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV), in pregnancy may cause maternal mortality or serious morbidity. It may also cause fetal varicella syndrome (FVS) or varicella infection of the newborn. The aim of this guideline is to assess the evidence that these complications can be prevented or modified beneficially by the administration of varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG) or by treatment of infected individuals with aciclovir. The guideline will also address the role of varicella vaccination in susceptible women of reproductive age.

As well as the guideline for healthcare professionals there is also a patient information leaflet entitled Ckickenpox in pregnancy: all you need to know.
Date of publishing07/01/97
Date of last revision by publisher09/01/2007
Date of last review by us01/04/2011
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