Feeding intolerance due to connatal tuberculosis in a prematurely born infant

Eur J Pediatr. 2008 Aug;167(8):955-6. doi: 10.1007/s00431-007-0605-x. Epub 2007 Sep 21.


A prematurely born infant had three episodes of feeding intolerance in the first three weeks after birth. In the post-partum period, his mother, who was from the Ukraine, had a respiratory arrest; unusually, a high-resolution computerised tomograph demonstrated miliary tuberculosis (TB). As a consequence, and due to the continuing ill health of the infant, gastric aspirates were sent from the infant. Acid fast bacilli were seen on microscopy. Variable nucleotide tandem repeat analysis of acid fast bacilli facilitated the rapid diagnosis of connatal TB. We conclude that connatal TB should be considered in a prematurely born infant poorly responsive to standard management and whose mother falls into a high-risk group.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / microbiology*
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical*
  • Male
  • Minisatellite Repeats
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious*
  • Tuberculosis, Miliary / congenital*
  • Tuberculosis, Miliary / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis, Miliary / transmission*