Apnea as an isolated finding in neonatal COVID-19

Tunçel D., Bilgin L. K., İnce Z., Çoban A.

Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, vol.36, no.1, pp.73-74, 2023 (Scopus) identifier identifier


© Copyright © 2022 Baylor University Medical Center.COVID-19 continues to mutate and spread rapidly. However, case reports about newborns remain rare. A male baby, born at 840 g at gestational week 28, was diagnosed with respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, patent ductus arteriosus, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia in the neonatal intensive care unit. Refractory apnea developed on postnatal day 58, and an upper respiratory tract SARS-nCoV-2 polymerase chain reaction test was positive. A COVID test was also positive in an asymptomatic nurse who cared for the baby. This case shows that SARS-CoV-2 can cause symptoms of only apnea in newborns and that those who care for newborns should strictly comply with hygiene rules.