Spotlight on Congenital rubella

Congenital rubella infection classically causes a severe syndrome with multi-organ manifestations encompassing visual, hearing, and neurologic disabilities; it may, however, also present with more subtle findings that can lead to significant diagnostic delays if the treating physician is not familiar with the consequences of maternal rubella infection. Although widespread vaccination programs have significantly reduced the global burden of rubella, rubella remains an important pathogen that remains endemic in many regions of the world, and its varied presentation requires vigilance on behalf of health providers.

In this article Dr. William Tyor and Dr. Taylor Harrison of Emory University School of Medicine discuss the clinical manifestations, biology, diagnosis, and management of congenital rubella.

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