HOUSTON – Texas Children’s Hospital confirmed that several children have or are suspected of having multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which is linked to the coronavirus.
The hospital stated that not all of its patients are critically ill from the syndrome. For privacy reasons, the hospital has not said exactly how many patients it’s treating or how old they are.
“There was no reason to think that Houston and Texas would skip this consequence of COVID-19 infection and sure enough, it arrived in about the same time frame as the original infection hit us compared to the East Coast,” said Dr. Lara Shekerdemian, chief of critical care.
She said some of the patients may not have shown signs of an initial COVID-19 infection.
“It seems to affect children about four to six weeks after exposure to COVID so it's quite a long time lag between any exposure or early illness and then the MIS-C complication,” Dr. Shekerdemian said.
Doctors are taking several steps to diagnose the children, including taking a close look at their symptoms.
MIS-C has similar characteristics of Kawasaki disease, including high fever, rash on the chest, back and abdomen, red eyes or conjunctivitis, swelling and inflammation of the mouth, lips and throat, enlarged lymph glands in the neck, and redness and swelling of the hands and feet.
The difference between MIS-C and classic Kawasaki disease are the fact that MIS-C does seem to affect older children, and abdominal pain appears to be common in those with MIS-C, according to the hospital.