What is prognosis of neonatal varicella in full-term infants?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Onset of maternal varicella more than 5 days ante partum provides the mother sufficient time to manufacture and pass on antibodies along with the virus. Full-term neonates of these women usually have mild varicella because of the attenuating effect of the transplacentally acquired antibodies.


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