Impact of the Israeli Ministry of Health Cytomegalovirus Guidelines on the Local Pregnancy Outcome

Marina Pekar-Zlotin*, Anat Alufi Naim, Perry Eliassi Revivo, Nadav Kugler, Yaakov Melcer, Yifat Wiener, Ron Maymon

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Objective: In 2011, the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) published standard guidelines for the follow-up of pregnant women infected by CMV, recommending that amniocentesis be performed in cases of maternal serum viral seroconversion or abnormal sonographic findings suggestive of CMV, in order to prove fetal infection before electing for pregnancy termination. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed, describing 448 pregnant women from 2006 to 2017. We collected data from all women that elected to continue their pregnancies after seroconversion and also of those who chose to undergo pregnancy termination. Subsequently, a telephone survey was then conducted to record outcomes of the newborns of women with CMV seroconversion during pregnancy. Results: 325 (73%) women chose to continue their pregnancy, while 123 (27%) opted for termination of pregnancy. We found that pregnancy termination due to CMV infection was reduced by 7%, from 72 cases (32%) to 51 cases (25%) after the implementation of the MOH guidelines in 2011. In addition, 182/305 (60%) of women responded to our telephone questionnaire regarding newborn outcomes. Of these women, 45/305 (14%) reported complications, and no correlation was found between the prenatal findings and postnatal outcome among those who have responded to our survey. Conclusion: Implementation of the new MOH guidelines has reduced the rate of pregnancy termination, without increasing the rate of neonatal complications in Israel with a similar outcome of complication rate as reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • CMV
  • Fetal therapy
  • MOH guidelines
  • Pregnancy termination


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