Children With Kawasaki Type Multi-inflammation Syndrome Test Negative for COVID-19 But Antibody Tests Shocks Researchers

4Researchers puzzled

What is puzzling scientists is why the syndrome develops after the COVID19 infection seeming more like an after effect of the disease. One theory is that it could be due to the body’s immune system severely overreacting to the response of the virus infection. This “immune-mediated pathology” can go haywire and damage the body’s own cells. Adults have also been displaying a similar problem which is causing fatalities in those extremely sick.

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The new inflammatory syndrome infecting children has been called PIMS-TS (‘pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2’.) Scientists in Britain say that while it is not “temporarily associated “with the coronavirus, it is being triggered by the COVID19 infection.

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5The study involved 8 children

In a study, scientists researched 8 children who had been admitted to hospital between April 28 – May 8. When they were tested, the lab tests all showed negative. The PCR tests are used in health workers and extremely accurate and picks up the virus immediately from a throat swab. If the infection is cleared, the test will not detect any virus. The researchers said that antibodies are produced in a human around 2 weeks after infection. The antibodies can last for years. The ages of the children were five to nine and all were boys. Among them, 7 displayed symptoms of Kawasaki disease as well as hyper inflammation.

The study involved 8 children

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6Most showed signs of Kawasaki and the new inflammation

Seven of the patients showed symptoms of both hyper inflammation and Kawasaki disease. One of the children also displayed signs of toxic shock syndrome. Such conditions were very rare said medical professionals and it can cause fever, stomach pain, rash, red lips and red eyes. Small groups infected with COVID 19 and additional inflammation may go into shock that affects the heart. This could again cause rapid breathing and cold feet and hands.

Most showed signs of Kawasaki

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