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Enterovirus myocarditis as a cause of neonatal collapse
  1. D Inwald,
  2. O Franklin,
  3. D Cubitt,
  4. M Peters,
  5. A Goldman,
  6. M Burch
  1. Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Inwald
    Institute of Child Health, 30 Guildford Street, London WC1N 1EH, UK;


Seven neonates required intensive care at our institution with enterovirus myocarditis, 2001–2003. Presentation was at a median age of 9 days. All had ischaemic electrocardiograms, poor ventricular function, raised creatine kinase, and enterovirus RNA detected by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Four survived. Enterovirus myocarditis may be an under recognised cause of neonatal collapse.

  • enterovirus
  • myocarditis
  • sudden death

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