Youngsters’s Hospital sees uptick in COVID-19 associated MISC instances

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A COVID warning when it comes to young people. The Children’s Hospital and Medical Center see most of the cases of MISC.

This is the rare, complex syndrome associated with the virus that can inflame the child’s heart and other organs.

While vaccinations continue across the country, young people come last on the list. Experts believe the recent surge is related to vacation travel and gatherings.

For most of the summer, children had two patients a month with MISC. In December they had 10.

January will top that.

Dr. Jean Ballweg, Pediatric Cardiologist at Children’s Hospital, said, “We know that over 50% of our pediatric patients have cardiac manifestations of MIS-C and that they are severe. Some of our children had to sit on a heart-lung machine. Many had to be intubated and IV drugs to support the heart. We have a follow-up program and we will wait a year after discharge. I suspect those with heart problems will follow indefinitely. “

What is really a problem for pediatric heart doctors is that nobody really knows the long-term effects of this syndrome.

They want this to be a reminder to stay vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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