Listeriosis in pregnancy: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Rev Obstet Gynecol. Fall 2008;1(4):179-85.


Listeriosis is a rare disease that causes mild maternal illness, but can be devastating to the fetus. Listeria's rare microbiologic features make it a difficult infection to diagnose and treat: it is an intracellular organism that hides within host cells. Because of the potentially severe consequences, it is important that obstetricians are familiar with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of listerial infection.

Keywords: Fetal listerial infection; Intracellular transmission; Listeriosis; Neonatal listerial infection.