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Neonatal Hepatitis in One of Binovular Twins

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(3):318-319. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030040104016.
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This case report is presented in order to shed further light on the etiology and transmission of neonatal hepatitis. This is the second case of neonatal hepatitis reported in one of fraternal twins.1 This is the first case reported that was recognized during the course of the illness. In the present case the abnormal placenta gives us more information about the transmission of the disease.

Report of Case  The mother was a healthy 19-year-old primigravida. Her history included the usual childhood illnesses. At the age of 15 years she had a febrile illness of six weeks' duration associated with generalized adenopathy, which was tentatively diagnosed as infectious mononucleosis. During that illness numerous venipunctures were made and she also received many parenteral injections. She had never been jaundiced or exposed to hepatic toxins, nor was there any history of syphilis. There was no history of transfusions. Her blood type was


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