Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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arachnoid cyst; antenatal diagnosis; congenital; hydrocephalus; case report
Key points
  1. Rapid enlargement of antenatally diagnosed arachnoid cysts can occur in the perinatal period.
  2. Appropriate postnatal management usually leads to a good outcome (in the absence of other intracranial anomalies and a normal karyotype).
  3. Treatment, if necessary, involves draining the fluid through surgery or shunting.