Pathogenesis of Intrauterine Infections of the Brain

  • Jerome E. Kurent
  • John L. Sever

Abstract

Among the most devastating consequences of intrauterine infection for the developing fetus are those that involve the central nervous system (CNS). These infections may produce severe neurological disease and death. In addition, although the great majority of human CNS anomalies are without recognized etiology or are simply attributed to “defects of embryogenesis,” there is a growing appreciation that microorganisms, and particularly viruses, have the potential of producing these defects as sequelae to intrauterine infections. This has stimulated efforts to understand their pathogenesis and to discover additional virus-host relationships existing within this significant group of diseases.

Keywords

Dementia Influenza Beach Neurol Meningitis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome E. Kurent
    • 1
  • John L. Sever
    • 1
  1. 1.Infectious Diseases Branch, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and StrokeNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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