Two cases of congenital tuberculosis in very young infants

A. Krzysztofiak, R. Vincenzi, L. Lancella, Fausto Ticca

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We describe two cases of possible congenital tuberculosis which occurred in two infants. The first patient was a female infant who developed respiratory distress, hepatomegaly, central nervous system abnormalities, fever and pleuro-pneumonitis, which did not respond to antibiotics and corticosteroid therapy. The infant's mother was hospitalized because of pulmonary and cerebral tuberculosis. The second case was a male infant, born to a mother with pleuritis, later diagnosed as tubercular. The infant showed miliary tuberculosis, liver and splenic calcifications, seizures, vomiting and tubercular lymphadenopathy. Specific antitubercular therapy was started in both and led to resolution of the severe symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-139
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


  • Congenital
  • Infants
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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