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  • Writer's pictureDr. Amy Fan Conrad

"Kawasaki-like" syndrome in children caused by COVID?

As a pediatrician, I have been heartened by the fact that my patient population has been largely spared of the worst COVID-19 outcomes. While that continues to be true, the emergence of the "Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome," which some are calling Kawasaki, has gripped our attention and added another layer to an already anxious time.

We continue our COVID-19 video series with a discussion of this syndrome and what we know about it as of mid-May. Though the statistical prevalence of this syndrome remains very rare, and the majority of children so far have recovered, the potential for serious outcomes makes it important for us all to be vigilant and try to catch symptoms as early as possible.

We will talk about:

  • Common signs and symptoms of PMIS, as we know so far

  • How is it similar to and different from Kawasaki?

  • Why do we think it's caused by COVID-19?

  • What are the current treatments being used?

  • Is this unique to COVID-19 virus?

  • Where are we now, and what should we watch out for?

We wish you and your family continued wellness and safety. If we can help you, please don't hesitate to reach out.

In solidarity,

Dr. Amy and the Kinder Team

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