|Description:||A type of x-ray, this angiocardiogram was performed in order to highlight the pulmonary arterial tree. It revealed the presence of a region of constriction, also called stenosis, of the right pulmonary artery, which was due to a case of congenital rubella.|
Rubella, sometimes called “German measles,” is a disease caused by a virus. The infection is usually mild with fever and rash. But, if a pregnant woman gets infected, the virus can cause serious birth defects. The MMR vaccine protects against rubella.
In children, rubella is usually a mild disease. In rare cases, serious problems can occur. These include brain infections and bleeding problems.
Rubella is most dangerous for a pregnant woman’s babies. It can cause miscarriage or birth defects like deafness, intellectual disability, and heart defects. As many as 85 out of 100 babies born to mothers who had rubella in the first 3 months of her pregnancy will have a birth defect.