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SARS-CoV-2 Infection in the Central Nervous System of a 1-Year-Old Infant Submitted to Complete Autopsy

Version 1 : Received: 13 September 2020 / Approved: 13 September 2020 / Online: 13 September 2020 (16:16:59 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 18 September 2020 / Approved: 19 September 2020 / Online: 19 September 2020 (04:49:18 CEST)
Version 3 : Received: 21 October 2020 / Approved: 22 October 2020 / Online: 22 October 2020 (10:43:56 CEST)
Version 4 : Received: 1 December 2020 / Approved: 2 December 2020 / Online: 2 December 2020 (11:45:50 CET)
Version 5 : Received: 11 March 2021 / Approved: 15 March 2021 / Online: 15 March 2021 (13:03:33 CET)

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Journal reference: The Lancet Regional Health - Americas 2021
DOI: 10.1016/j.lana.2021.100046


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was initially characterized as a respiratory illness. Neurological manifestations were reported mostly in severely affected patients. Routes for brain infection and the presence of virus particles in situ have not been well described, raising controversy about how the virus causes neurological symptoms. Here, we report the autopsy findings of a 1-year old infant with COVID-19. In addition to pneumonitis, meningitis and multiple organ damage related to thrombosis, a previous encephalopathy may have contributed to additional cerebral damage. SARS-CoV-2 infected the choroid plexus, ventricles, and cerebral cortex. This is the first evidence of SARS-CoV-2 detection in an infant post-mortem brain.


SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; CNS; infant; Choroid plexus



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Received: 22 October 2020
Commenter: Stevens Rehen
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