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Journal of Radiological Review 2021 September;8(3):242-4

DOI: 10.23736/S2723-9284.21.00112-7

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

A rare case of COVID-19 pneumonia in an 11-month-old patient

Sonia TAMASI 1, Rocco MINELLI 2 , Antonio DI DONNA 2, Rosanna MAMONE 1, Donatella IRACE 3, Eugenio ROSSI 4, Raffaele ZECCOLINI 5, Giuseppe PAVIGLIANITI 6, Massimo ZECCOLINI 1, Gianfranco VALLONE 2

1 Unit of General Radiology, P.O. Santobono-A.O.R.N. Santobono-Pausilipon, Naples, Italy; 2 V. Tiberio Department Life and Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy; 3 Section of Pediatrics, Department of Translational Medical Sciences, Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy; 4 Unit of Radiology and Ultrasound, P.O. Pausilipon-A.O.R.N. Santobono-Pausilipon, Naples, Italy; 5 Luigi Vanvitelli University, Naples, Italy; 6 Unit of Pediatric Radiology, P.O. G. Di Cristina-A.R.N.A.S. Civico Benefratelli, Palermo, Italy



Since its outbreak in China back in December 2019, lung infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 causing COVID-19) has rapidly spread all over the world to become a global pandemic, threatening the capacity of numerous health systems. Although COVID-19 predominantly affects adults, cases of pediatric patients have been reported. The largest pediatric epidemiological report of COVID-19 in children to date has found that children of all ages were susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, but clinical manifestations were generally less severe than those of adults. COVID-19 must be considered when evaluating a child with flu syndrome, because infants and children can play an important role in the transmission of COVID-19 in the community; therefore, with an understanding of the patterns of transmission, parents and healthcare professionals would be better equipped to limit the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable population. We describe a case of COVID-19 in an 11-month-old girl who arrived at Santobono Hospital in Naples due to the appearance of a severe respiratory distress syndrome.


KEY WORDS: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Child

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