Pediatricians are seeing a concerning rise in severe cases of a complex COVID-linked syndrome known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, The New York Times reports.
At Children’s National Hospital hospital in Washington, DC, about 80-90% of the MIS-C patients need intensive care compared to about half during the virus’s first wave.
There isn’t a clear explanation for the rise. Doctors say there’s no evidence so far to blame new variants, and they emphasize the condition remains rare. Takeaways:
- It’s hard to predict which children are susceptible
- The syndrome is easily missed—early symptoms (fever, gastrointestinal problems, and rashes) can mirror common illnesses
- Life-threatening heart dysfunction and other conditions can develop.
Not Just the US: Doctors in Israel have seen a handful of cases in children, too, The Jerusalem Post reports. (They call it Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome.) Most kids recover—but doctors are seeing more children with serious complications including inflammation of the heart muscle and lung abnormalities.
About 10-30% of children and teens recovering from COVID-19 in Israel may be affected by long-term complications. 1 patient, a 15-year-old girl involved in competitive judo couldn’t lift her arms to make a ponytail 5 months after falling ill.