Poor perinatal outcome associated with maternal Brucella abortus infection

Obstet Gynecol. 1997 Oct;90(4 Pt 2):674-6. doi: 10.1016/s0029-7844(97)00345-1.


Background: Reports suggest that perinatal infection with Brucella abortus does not cause poor obstetric outcomes, because of protective mechanisms in the human, not seen in animal species.

Case: We report a case of maternal brucellosis resulting in preterm labor, chorioamnionitis, placental abruption, and delivery of a live-born infant at 25 weeks' gestational age. Both maternal blood cultures and amniotic fluid cultures were positive for B abortus species, and delivery occurred despite aggressive antibiotic and tocolytic therapy.

Conclusion: Maternal infection with B abortus during pregnancy can lead to significant perinatal morbidity, casting doubt on reports that human pregnancy is resistant to such infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brucella abortus*
  • Brucellosis / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology*
  • Pregnancy Outcome*