Korean J Obstet Gynecol.  2005 Jan;48(1):194-198.

A case of Listeriosis in early third trimester pregnant woman

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University CHA General Hospital, Seoul, Korea. petrow@dreamwiz.com


Although listeria monocytogenes is widely distributed in nature, it rarely causes clinical infection in previously healthy people. However, this microorganism may cause severe infectious disease in pregnant women and newborns due to impaired cell-mediated immunity. Various clinical symptoms have been described such as sepsis, central nervous system infections, endocarditis, gastroenteritis and localized infections. A clinical presentation of listeriosis in an early third trimester pregnant woman and in a preterm infant is emphasized in addition to taking a careful patient history, early empirical administration of antibiotics, aggressive ventilation therapy and also pharmacological support.


Listeriosis; Pregnancy; Careful history; Empirical antibiotics
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