PURPOSE: To determine the natural history of intracranial calcifications in infants with treated congenital toxoplasmosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 1982 and March 1994, cranial computed tomography was performed in 56 infants with treated congenital toxoplasmosis when they were newborns and approximately 1 year old. Locations and sizes of intracranial calcifications were noted. RESULTS: Forty newborns had intracranial calcifications. By 1 year of age, calcifications diminished or resolved in 30 (75%) and remained stable in 10 (25%) of these treated infants. Ten (33%) of the 30 infants whose calcifications diminished versus seven (70%) of the 10 infants with stable calcifications received less intensive antimicrobial treatment than the other treated infants. In contrast, a small number of infants who were untreated or treated 1 month or less had intracranial calcifications that increased or remained stable during their 1st year of life. CONCLUSION: Diminution or resolution of intracranial calcifications was an unexpected and remarkable finding in infants with treated, congenital toxoplasmosis, consonant with their improved neurologic functioning.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - May 1996|
- Brain, calcification
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging