NY doctors who treated some of the earliest cases inflammatory syndrome in children urge vigilance

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NEW YORK — Doctors at Mount Sinai who treated four of the earliest cases of multi-system inflammatory syndromein children urged parents and medical professionals to be vigilant.

They treated children ages 5, 10, 12, and 13, according to the hospital All four were healthy before they were rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department. Antibody testing confirmed coronavirus exposure. All four children were treated in the intensive care unit.

Doctors need to “maintain a high clinical suspicion,” even with children who seem healthy, pediatric emergency medicine fellow Dr. Temima Waltuch said

“This syndrome appears to be its own entity but patients are presenting with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, characterized by fever, rash, and conjunctivitis, along with abdominal pain and diarrhea for many,” Dr. Waltuch said. “They then deteriorate in a manner similar to that seen in toxic shock syndrome.”

Parents also need to be vigilant, Dr. Waltuch said.

“As we continue to learn more about this syndrome, it is important for parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for in their children and to seek immediate care if they are concerned, but to also remember that thus far this still appears to be a rare event in children following a recent COVID-19 infection,” Dr. Waltuch said.

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