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PATINO, Oscar et al. Zika microcephaly a latent problem: Case Report and Molecular Aspects. Infect. [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.1, pp.50-53. ISSN 0123-9392.

We present the case of a 20-day-old patient from Cartagena (Bolívar), hospitalized for presenting a 6-day fever associated with respiratory symptoms with normal neurological evaluation. The obstetric ultrasound showed a microcephaly with a percentile of cephalic perimeter <2, with hypoplasia of the corpus callosum and computed tomography of the skull that reported decreased cephalic diameters, fine residual calcifications in the frontal-parietal region and atrophic subcortical cerebral changes. Antibiotic therapy was initiated due to neonatal sepsis, the serological tests and the PCR for Zika were positive. It was decided to discharge the hospital after 6 days due to clinical improvement and for not presenting apparent neurological deficit. Although there is no specific treatment, the pillar of the management of a newborn with microcephaly is the monitoring and future surveillance of possible comorbidities, such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy or cognitive and motor retardation.

Keywords : Microcephaly; Zika; Pregnancy; Neural precursor cells; TLR3.

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