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Minerva Pediatrica 2005 December;57(6):433-40

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Microphthalmia due to congenital varicella infection: a case report

Palano G. M., Di Pietro M., Scuderi A., Praticò G.


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The authors report the clinical case of a newborn affected by congenital varicella syndrome, occurred about the 12th gestational week, with ophthalmic involvement. The ocular anomalies consisted in right microphthalmia, with lens opacities and atrophic chorioretinitis, without any involvement of other pathologies. The ophthalmic lesions and the sierological data confirmed that the infection occurred during the first weeks of gestation. Although the manifestation limited to the eyes is extremely rare, the authors point out the necessity of an appropriate prevention to avoid irreversible involvements of important organs.

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