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Regarding the “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome” in which children infected with the new coronavirus cause intense inflammation in multiple organs, teams such as the Japanese Society of Kawasaki Disease and the Japan Pediatric Society have started a nationwide survey with the aim of collecting domestic data, as well as overseas patients and deaths, helping to develop treatments.
According to the report of research team, the symptoms include fever, rash, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc. 2-6 weeks after infection with new coronary pneumonia. 20-60% of the patients have symptoms similar to “Kawasaki disease” in which the systemic blood vessels are inflamed. The effect of excessive immune response can be considered, but the mechanism is unknown.
As of the end of May, 8,525 people under the age of 20 had been diagnosed with the syndrome, 69 of them had died, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Half of the patients were between the ages of 5 and 13.
More than 2.4 million people under 10 years old have been infected with COVID-19 in Japan, but only a dozen cases of the syndrome have been reported so far. The number of patients and what treatments are effective are unknown. For this purpose, the actual situation such as the severity of the children, the results of blood tests, the content of treatment, and subsequent processes has been investigated at about 2100 hospitals with pediatric inpatient facilities.
“By accumulating data specifically for this syndrome, comparisons with overseas can promote the development of treatment methods and prevention programs,” said Tomoyo Matsubara, who is familiar with pediatric infectious diseases, and professor of pediatrics at Dokkyo Medical University Saitama Medical Center.
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