Texas Children’s Hospital Patients Suffer From COVID-19-Related Illness
The mysterious rare – and sometimes fatal – disease linked to the coronavirus has affected hundreds of children across the country.
HOUSTON – Several young patients at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston are being treated for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Some children are in critical condition.
A TCH spokesperson confirmed that there were confirmed cases and other suspects.
It is the same rare mysterious disease that has sickened hundreds of children and young adults across the country. Some of them did not survive.
MIS-C is a condition where different parts of the body can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs, According to the CDC.
“We don’t yet know what causes MIS-C. However, we do know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19[female[feminine, or had known someone with COVID-19, ”the CDC said on its website. “MIS-C can be serious and even fatal, but most children who have been diagnosed with this disease have improved with medical care. “
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“The MIS-C that was discussed has been part of our literature and our thinking for less than six weeks, so we doctors don’t have a lot of time to really get our bearings,” said Dr Eyal Muscal, chief of rheumatology in Texas. Children’s hospital.
Children with the disease have too strong an immune response. As a result, their heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, and eyes can become inflamed.
The CDC says it can be serious and even fatal, but most children get better with medical care.
“Some of the assumptions are that the children, often older teens, not young children, appear to have after being exposed and not be sick with the virus itself,” Muscal said.
Muscal said it is mostly seen in children over 10 years old, but can potentially affect children of all ages.
KHOU 11 asked Texas Children’s Hospital how many patients he had treated for this disease. The hospital did not give a number, but said “several”.
The Houston health department said there had been no cases in the city so far.
Texas Children’s issued the following statement:
The hospital has a multidisciplinary team of experts, including cardiologists, rheumatologists, intensive care physicians and infectious diseases, among others, who are uniquely suited to care for these patients due to their extensive expertise in the treatment of over 100 children with Kawasaki disease each year.
Symptoms of MIS-C reflect many characteristics of Kawasaki disease, including high fever, rash on chest, back, and abdomen, red eyes or conjunctivitis, swelling and inflammation of the mouth. , lips and throat, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, and redness and swelling of the hands and feet. The important distinctions between MIS-C and classic Kawasaki disease are the fact that MIS-C appears to affect older children and abdominal pain appears to be common in people with MIS-C.
As experts at Texas Children and their colleagues around the world continue to learn more about this new consequence of COVID-19, we encourage parents to call their pediatrician if their child has these symptoms. The top priority for the children of Texas remains the health and safety of those we serve. We will continue to keep the community at large informed, while respecting the privacy rights of our patients. In order to combat the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, Texas Children’s is also continuing various precautionary measures – including universal screening and social distancing – in our health care system in Houston and Austin to limit exposure by contact and ensure the safety of our patients, their families and our team members.
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