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Understanding MIS-C: What We Have Learned So Far

Jun 5 2020
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The CDC and its partners are currently investigating reports of a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) that is associated with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Also known as Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, this condition causes different parts of a child’s body to become inflamed including but not limited to the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain. Many children with MIS-C were also sick with the virus that causes COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with COVID-19.

This syndrome is serious and can even be deadly. It is also important to note that this is a rare condition and most children diagnosed have been able to get better with medical care.

We are learning more about this condition on a daily basis via ongoing investigations. Read up and get educated on what we know about it so far, according to the CDC.

MIS-C symptoms

Currently, children with MIS-C are experiencing the following:

  • Persistent fever
  • Vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Diarrhea

Not all children will experience the same symptoms, and some will experience symptoms that may not yet be listed by the CDC. It is also possible that some children will appear asymptomatic.

Emergency warning signs of MIS-C include, trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion, inability to wake up or stay awake, severe abdominal pain, and blue lips or face.

How is MIS-C evaluated?

To officially diagnose MIS-C, medical evaluation may include chest radiographs, echocardiography, abdominal ultrasounds, and blood tests in order to identify signs of inflammation. Health care providers who are currently caring for patients who have or may have MIS-C are reporting these cases to both state and local health departments.

How is MIS-C treated?

Doctors may use various treatment methods including medicine and fluids to help children feel better. Most children who are sick with MIS-C will need to receive treatment in a hospital. If you have health concerns about MIS-C, do not hesitate to contact a pediatrician or health care professional.

Preventing MIS-C

Based on current information, the best way to prevent your child from becoming sick with MIS-C is to follow actions that prevent COVID-19 such as hand washing, avoiding those who are sick, and cleaning high-touch surfaces daily.

What We Still Need to Learn about MIS-C

At this time, the CDC is continuing to research why some children become sick with MIS-C and others do not. The CDC is also working to determine whether children with other health conditions are more likely to contract MIS-C than others. Additional information on MIS-C is also being gathered through collaboration with public health agencies around the world. Be sure to continue to stay informed.

Stay updated on what Mercy Health is doing related to COVID-19.


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