How is human papillomavirus (HPV) infection managed during pregnancy?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Higher HPV infection rates have been reported in pregnant women. If condyloma develops, rapid growth can be observed. Factors responsible include suppression of immunity during pregnancy and hormonal changes. [48] Small asymptomatic lesions need not be treated; larger lesions can be treated with keratolytics or cryotherapy. [67] Occasionally, condylomata in pregnant women become large and macerated, requiring surgical excision after the first trimester. Interferon, podophyllin, and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) should not be used in pregnancy.


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