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Kawasaki-like syndrome linked to COVID-19 in children is a new condition
June 8, 2020
Imperial College London
A study on children suffering from severe inflammatory symptoms shows the condition is new and distinct from Kawasaki disease.
In April, researchers in the UK and several European countries with high numbers of COVID-19 cases recognised a new inflammatory syndrome in children that was similar to Kawasaki disease, a rare syndrome known to affect young children.
Now in a paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers have identified the main symptoms and clinical markers of the new syndrome. This will help clinicians diagnose and treat the condition and researchers to understand it further and find new treatments.
Also called: mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome
It's most common in infants and young children.
Early stages include a rash and fever. Symptoms include high fever and peeling skin. In late stages, there may be inflammation of medium-sized blood vessels (vasculitis). It also affects lymph nodes, skin and mucous membranes, such as inside the mouth.