Interpretation of rubella serology in pregnancy--pitfalls and problems. (Lesson of the week)

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From: British Medical Journal(Vol. 325, Issue 7356)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,526 words

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The authors discuss the problem of rubella among pregnant women in developing nations. When contracted in the first months of pregnancy, it is involved in an overwhelming percentage of birth defects. In developing nations, where vaccination is not common, access to laboratory tests to diagnose the condition is also limited. The test for rubella may give a false positive, and without adequate laboratory services, tests to confirm or refute are not available.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A90098363