Brucellosis in pregnancy and its response to the changing immunoglobulin A: A prospective controlled study

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Kirmizi D. A. , BAŞER E., Solen E. Y. , Kara M., Caltekin M. D. , Yilmaz N., ...More

TURKISH JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, vol.19, no.1, pp.1-6, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/tjod.galenos.2022.37530
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-6
  • Keywords: Brucella, immunoglobulin A, pregnancy, DIAGNOSIS, IGE
  • Inonu University Affiliated: No


Objective: This study aimed to define the rare Brucella infection in pregnancy and its effects on immunoglobulins (Ig). Materials and Methods: This prospective study has conducted Brucella screening using the Rose Bengal test on pregnant and non-pregnant outpatients who did not show any specific Brucella symptoms. The immunoglobulin levels were measured using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The study group consisted of pregnant women who were at 20 weeks or below gestation and applied to our hospital outpatient clinic for routine check-ups. The control group consisted of healthy patients who applied for routine controls. Results: This study included a total of 584 participants, 293 of whom were controls and 291 were the study (pregnant) participants. The study revealed a 1.5% incidence of Brucella during pregnancy. In acute and chronic Brucella infection, lower levels of IgA response were observed in pregnant cases compared to the control group. Conclusion: Brucella infection is a disease that can cause fetal problems, especially in endemic areas. The role of the altered IgA response in pathologies that are associated with Brucella infection stands out as a new target for disease pathophysiology.