Hematochezia and thrombocytopenia in a 3-day-old infant: Congenital adenoviral infection

Neonatal adenovirus infection is infrequent, but in most cases the outcome of the infection is fatal. In this case report, we describe the hospital course of a 3-day old newborn patient presenting with bloody stools and thrombocytopenia that remained clinically stable and had a benign course following Adenovirus 40/41 infection detected in stool. Neonatal adenovirus infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of neonatal sepsis and pneumonia but also in patients that present with hematochezia, thrombocytopenia and/or other less specific signs and symptoms of viral illness.

*Corresponding Author: 

Mariana Baserga, MD, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine; 295 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA. Tel.: +1 801 581 7052; Fax: +1 801 585 7395; E-mail: Mariana.Baserga@hsc.utah.edu.