Aug 23, 2016

Congenital Brain Abnormalities and Zika Virus: What the Radiologist Can Expect to See Prenatally and Postnatally

Patricia Soares de Oliveira-Szejnfeld, MD, Deborah Levine, MD, Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, MD, PhD, Melania Maria Ramos Amorim, MD, PhD, Alba Gean M. Batista et al
  • States the virus has been found in the fluids of pregnant mothers and during autopsy in the brains of neonates with microcephaly
  • States there are a variety of brain abnormalities—including abnormalities in ventricular size, gray and white matter volume loss, brainstem abnormalities, and calcifications—that can be found in fetuses exposed to intrauterine Zika virus infection, though much of the concern in the media regarding the teratogenicity of Zika virus infection has focused on brain findings of microcephaly
  • Documents the imaging findings associated with congenital Zika virus infection as found in patients seen at the Instituto de Pesquisa in Campina Grande State Paraiba (IPESQ) in northeastern Brazil