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Glossary for Congenital Toxoplasmosis

  • Cataracts: Cloudy areas on the eye's cornea interfering with vision.
  • Cerebral Palsy: Any brain disorder causing movement disability
  • Chorioretinitis: Inflammation of the choroids and retina of the eye. It can be caused by various pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungus or protozoa. Other noninfectious diseases such as sarcoidosis can cause abnormal deposits in the eye which can also result in inflammation.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Congenital conditions: Any condition that you are born with such as birth defects or genetic diseases.
  • Diseases contagious from animals: Diseases that can be contracted from animals
  • Diseases contagious from cats: Diseases that can be contracted from cats
  • Diseases contagious from food: Diseases that can be contracted from food
  • Eye symptoms: Symptoms affecting the eye
  • Fetal health conditions: Medical conditions affecting the health of a fetus while inside the pregnant mother.
  • Hearing loss: A very rare condition described in two sisters. It is characterized by vision and hearing problems and incoordination.
  • Hydrocephalus: A rare condition where the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid is impaired by dilated brain ventricles which causes the fluid to accumulate in the skull and hence result in increased brain pressure.
  • Intrauterine Growth Retardation: Slowly growing fetus in the womb during pregnancy
  • Mental retardation: A very rare syndrome characterized mainly by mental retardation, hypogonadism, diabetes and facial and skull abnormalities.
  • Microcephaly: Small head circumference
  • Myalgia: Muscle aches and pains
  • Neonatal Jaundice: Common skin yellowing jaundice in newborn babies.
  • Nystagmus: Involuntary jerky eye movements
  • Papillitis: A progressive eye disorder characterized by inflammation and degeneration of part of the optic nerve (optic disk) which can result in blindness and can affect only one, or both eyes. The degree of vision loss is variable.
  • Parasitic Conditions: A condition that is characterised by another organism living off another organism
  • Pregnancy-related conditions: Any condition that is related to or caused by pregnancy
  • Toxoplasmosis: Infection often caught from cats and their feces.
  • Vague symptoms: Vague, unclear, mild or non-specific symptoms
  • Vision loss: Impaired vision or loss of vision

 

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