Fatal influenza A pneumonia in pregnancy

Am J Perinatol. 1986 Jul;3(3):179-82. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-999862.


Today, influenza A infections are an uncommon cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. This is a report of a 20-year-old pregnant woman who died from pneumonia caused by influenza A/Philippines/1982. The decreased immune system and respiratory functions of pregnancy make pregnant women especially susceptible to having a complicated influenza infection, though such infections probably do not directly threaten the fetus. The use of influenza immunizations and antiviral medication during pregnancy is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human / diagnosis*
  • Influenza, Human / immunology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / immunology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / immunology