Congenital Zika Virus Infection Beyond Neonatal Microcephaly
de Oliveira Melo, Adriana Suely
Aguiar, Renato Santana
Ramos Amorim, Melania Maria
Arruda, Monica B.
Melo, Fabiana de Oliveira
Clementino Ribeiro, Suelem Tais
Medeiros Batista, Alba Gean
dos Santos, Mayra Pereira
Sampaio, Virginia Vilar
Martins Moura, Sarah Rogeria
Rabello, Luciana Portela
Gonzaga, Clarissa Emanuelle
Oliveira-Szejnfeld, Patricia Soares de [UNIFESP]
Silveira, Paola Paz
Nogueira, Rita M. R.
Bispo Filippis, Ana Maria
Szejnfeld, Jacob [UNIFESP]
Voloch, Carolina Moreira
Ferreira, Orlando C., Jr.
Brindeiro, Rodrigo M.
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IMPORTANCE Recent studies have reported an increase in the number of fetuses and neonates with microcephaly whose mothers were infected with the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy. To our knowledge, most reports to date have focused on select aspects of the maternal or fetal infection and fetal effects. OBJECTIVE To describe the prenatal evolution and perinatal outcomes of 11 neonates who had developmental abnormalities and neurological damage associated with ZIKV infection in Brazil. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS We observed 11 infants with congenital ZIKV infection from gestation to 6 monthus in the state of Paraba, Brazil. Ten of 11 women included in this study presented with symptoms of ZIKV infection during the first half of pregnancy, and all 11 had laboratory evidence of the infection in several tissues by serology or polymerase chain reaction. Brain damage was confirmed through intrauterine ultrasonography and was complemented by magnetic resonance imaging. Histopathological analysis was performed on the placenta and brain tissue from infants who died. The ZIKV genome was investigated in several tissues and sequenced for further phylogenetic analysis. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Description of the major lesions caused by ZIKV congenital infection. RESULTS Of the 11 infants, 7 (63.6%) were female, and the median (SD) maternal age at delivery was 25 (6) years. Three of 11 neonates died, giving a perinatal mortality rate of 27.3%. The median (SD) cephalic perimeter at birth was 31 (3) cm, a value lower than the limit to consider a microcephaly case. In all patients, neurological impairments were identified, including microcephaly, a reduction in cerebral volume, ventriculomegaly, cerebellar hypoplasia, lissencephaly with hydrocephalus, and fetal akinesia deformation sequence (ie, arthrogryposis). Results of limited testing for other causes of microcephaly, such as genetic disorders and viral and bacterial infections, were negative, and the ZIKV genome was found in both maternal and neonatal tissues (eg, amniotic fluid, cord blood, placenta, and brain). Phylogenetic analyses showed an intrahost virus variation with some polymorphisms in envelope genes associated with different tissues. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Combined findings from clinical, laboratory, imaging, and pathological examinations provided a more complete picture of the severe damage and developmental abnormalities caused by ZIKV infection than has been previously reported. The term congenital Zika syndrome is preferable to refer to these cases, as microcephaly is just one of the clinical signs of this congenital malformation disorder.
CitationJama Neurology. Chicago, v. 73, n. 12, p. 1407-1416, 2016.
SponsorshipConselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ)
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Prefeitura Municipal de Campina Grande
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