TUCSON, Ariz. – The Pima County Department of Health has confirmed a case of ‘children’s multisystem inflammatory syndrome’ (MIS-C) and is investigating a few more.
The Banner Diamond Children’s Center says it has treated children with the condition that doctors say is caused by COVID-19.
“It can happen in children with or without symptoms from it. The syndrome itself that we think it may not be another infection, but perhaps [an over-response] of the immune system against the virus in fighting it and fighting it, “explained Dr. Chan Lowe, department head of the children̵7;s hospital at Banner.
Dr. Lowe explained about the children Diamond Children’s Center has encountered, the symptoms are persistent fever, redness of the white part of the eye, abdominal pain, even a rash.
He explained that it is still very early to understand MIS-C, so doctors don’t know what the long-term effects are.
“The kids look like Kawasaki at first, but rather they are unique things. Older children do not appear to exhibit Kawasaki syndrome. We don’t know the long-term effects. We hope that there is little if any. Children tend to respond very well to treatment and that gives us hope that there won’t be any long-term effects but they will need very close monitoring by the pediatrician, ”he said. .
He explained that Diamond Children’s Center is using antibodies to treat children.
“Primarily in Tucson, we used a drug called IVIG, which is a set of antibodies that we obtain through blood donation. Part of it, when they collect blood, they are also able to collect serums whose antibodies go into them to make this product. It came from a different make, not from the Red Cross. But that drug when we give it antibodies seems to have anti-inflammatory effect and seems to be very effective in stopping this.
To keep your family safe, Dr. Lowe added, it starts with protecting against COVID-19, which means frequent hand washing and keeping children away from large groups.