Neonatal outcome in 29 pregnant women with COVID-19: A retrospective study in Wuhan, China

Autoři: Yan-Ting Wu aff001;  Jun Liu aff002;  Jing-Jing Xu aff001;  Yan-Fen Chen aff004;  Wen Yang aff003;  Yang Chen aff003;  Cheng Li aff001;  Yu Wang aff001;  Han Liu aff001;  Chen Zhang aff001;  Ling Jiang aff001;  Zhao-Xia Qian aff001;  Andrew Kawai aff005;  Ben Willem Mol aff005;  Cindy-Lee Dennis aff006;  Guo-Ping Xiong aff004;  Bi-Heng Cheng aff002;  Jing Yang aff002;  He-Feng Huang aff001
Působiště autorů: International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China aff001;  Renmin Hospital, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China aff002;  Wuhan Children’s Hospital (Wuhan Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital), Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China aff003;  The Central Hospital of Wuhan, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China aff004;  Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia aff005;  Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada aff006
Vyšlo v časopise: Neonatal outcome in 29 pregnant women with COVID-19: A retrospective study in Wuhan, China. PLoS Med 17(7): e32767. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1003195
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003195



As of June 1, 2020, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused more than 6,000,000 infected persons and 360,000 deaths globally. Previous studies revealed pregnant women with COVID-19 had similar clinical manifestations to nonpregnant women. However, little is known about the outcome of neonates born to infected women.

Methods and findings

In this retrospective study, we studied 29 pregnant women with COVID-19 infection delivered in 2 designated general hospitals in Wuhan, China between January 30 and March 10, 2020, and 30 neonates (1 set of twins). Maternal demographic characteristics, delivery course, symptoms, and laboratory tests from hospital records were extracted. Neonates were hospitalized if they had symptoms (5 cases) or their guardians agreed to a hospitalized quarantine (13 cases), whereas symptom-free neonates also could be discharged after birth and followed up through telephone (12 cases). For hospitalized neonates, laboratory test results and chest X-ray or computed tomography (CT) were extracted from hospital records. The presence of antibody of SARS-CoV-2 was assessed in the serum of 4 neonates.

Among 29 pregnant COVID-19-infected women (13 confirmed and 16 clinical diagnosed), the majority had higher education (56.6%), half were employed (51.7%), and their mean age was 29 years. Fourteen women experienced mild symptoms including fever (8), cough (9), shortness of breath (3), diarrhea (2), vomiting (1), and 15 were symptom-free. Eleven of 29 women had pregnancy complications, and 27 elected to have a cesarean section delivery.

Of 30 neonates, 18 were admitted to Wuhan Children’s Hospital for quarantine and care, whereas the other 12 neonates discharged after birth without any symptoms and had normal follow-up. Five hospitalized neonates were diagnosed as COVID-19 infection (2 confirmed and 3 suspected). In addition, 12 of 13 other hospitalized neonates presented with radiological features for pneumonia through X-ray or CT screening, 1 with occasional cough and the others without associated symptoms. SARS-CoV-2 specific serum immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) were measured in 4 neonates and 2 were positive. The limited sample size limited statistical comparison between groups.


In this study, we observed COVID-19 or radiological features of pneumonia in some, but not all, neonates born to women with COVID-19 infection. These findings suggest that intrauterine or intrapartum transmission is possible and warrants clinical caution and further investigation.

Trial registration

Chinese Clinical Trial Registry, ChiCTR2000031954 (Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes of Women with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a multicenter retrospective cohort study).

Klíčová slova:

Computed axial tomography – Neonates – Pneumonia – SARS CoV 2 – Throat – X-ray radiography – COVID 19 – Virus testing


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