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Pneumonia in Pregnancy

GRAVES, CORNELIA R. MD

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 2 - p 329-336
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181de8a6f
Respiratory Disease in Pregnancy

Recent attention to H1N1 influenza has increased awareness in the lay community of the seriousness of respiratory complications in the gravid patient. Historically, pneumonia during pregnancy has been associated with increased maternal morbidity and mortality. Similarly, the increased number of pregnant patients with chronic medical illnesses, including diabetes, HIV, cardiac disease, and obesity may further complicate the clinical outcome in this population. Although data suggest that infants born to mother whose pregnancies have been complicated by pneumonia are more likely to be born preterm and to have a lower birth weight, care must be taken to balance treatment to serve both the mother and the fetus.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baptist Hospital, Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Correspondence: Cornelia R. Graves, MD, Baptist Hospital, Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. E-mail: cgraves@tnmfm.com

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.