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Toxoplasmosis (Parasite: Toxoplasma gondii) ICD-10 B58


Toxoplasmosis is a parasite disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii. Influenza-like symptoms and swelling in lymph nodes. Infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

  • In weakened immune systems that may occur during treatment with immunosuppressive drugs for rheumatic disease, toxoplasmosis can rarely cause serious complications


Infection via cats, raw meat (especially lamb). Stool (faecal) infection through unclean hands.


Infection during pregnancy

May cause infection in the newborn ("congenital toxoplasmosis"). The newborn can get encephalitis (encephalitis), blindness and deformity of the nose

Latent toxoplasmosis

Healthy people do not get seriously ill, but are latent carriers

  • Cutaneous toxoplasmosis
  • IgG antibody after 1-2 weeks with a maximum of 1-XNUM months
  • IgM not specific. Normalized after a few months


  • Trimethoprim-Sulfa


  • Avoid exposure
  • Consider Trimetoptim-Sulfa if the CD4 number is less than 200 (at HIV infection)


Opportunistic infections,

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