NHS issues alert about coronavirus-related condition in children

NHS issues urgent alert amid spike in the number of children being admitted to intensive care with a new coronavirus-related ‘inflammatory syndrome’

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Doctors have been issued an alert over a rise in the number of children needing intensive care with a coronavirus-related condition

NHS doctors have been issued an urgent alert about a sharp rise in the number of children being admitted to intensive care with a coronavirus-related condition. 

In an alert sent to GPs, health chiefs said: ‘There is growing concern that a [COVID-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK.

‘Over the last three weeks there has been an apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multi-system inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions of the UK.

‘The cases have in common overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease with blood parameters consistent with severe COVID-19 in children.’ 

The alert was sent out by a clinical commissioning group in North London and tweeted by the Paediatric Intensive Care Society charity. 

The alert, seen by the Health Service Journal, told GPs to refer children with symptoms including abdominal pain as a ‘matter of urgency’.




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