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Pediatría (Asunción)

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AGUERO ECHEVERRIA, Wilson Martín; DIAZ, Cynthia; PANIZZA, Cristina  and  DOLDAN, Oscar. Myocarditis due to Epstein Barr Virus in Septic Newborns. a Case Report. Pediatr. (Asunción) [online]. 2012, vol.39, n.2, pp.113-116. ISSN 1683-9803.

We present the case of a newborn male child delivered by Emergency Caesarean section, due to abruptio placentae. The mother, aged 30, was without underlying disease, had one previous pregnancy also delivered by Caesarian, without abortions, and with adequate prenatal monitoring, had received doses of corticosteroids for fetal lung maturation. The case represents a rare case of a newborn with myocardial inflammation confirmed by Doppler echocardiography and high muscle enzyme levels, which together with cytopenia are characteristics typical of previously reported cases of Epstein-Barr virus myocarditis. We call for increased alertness to this diagnosis, particularly in patients with unexplained progressive thrombocytopenia and concurrent myocardial involvement.

Keywords : Epstein-Barr virus; myocarditis; newborns.

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