There is no specific treatment for congenital rubella. Care involves appropriate treatment of affected systems in consultation with your health care providers.
The outcome for a child with congenital rubella depends on the severity of problems present. Heart defects can often be corrected. Damage to the nervous system is permanent.
Complications may involve many parts of the body.
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Pulmonary artery stenosis
- Other heart defects
Central nervous system:
- Mental retardation
- Motor retardation
- Small head from failed brain development
- Low blood platelet count
- Enlarged liver and spleen
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Bone disease
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call your health care provider if you have concerns about congenital rubella, if you are unsure of your vaccination status, or if you or your children need a rubella vaccine.
Congenital rubella : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Congenital rubella : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Congenital rubella : Treatment
Review Date : 8/6/2009
Reviewed By : Paul B. Griggs, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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