A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that a rare and potentially fatal inflammatory complication related to COVID-19 and children has now been found in adults. The CDC says it was previously thought that multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, affects only children and adolescents. Since June, however, there have been reports that the same severe complication affects adults. Scientists are calling the devastating condition MIS-A, and say that victims often require intensive care, while the outcome could be deadly.
Reports of a mysterious inflammatory syndrome that attacked children with COVID-19 started appearing in the spring, according to Live Science. To date, the CDC says that there have been 935 cases of MIS-C in the U.S., including 19 deaths.
According to Fox News, the CDC’s latest report says that 24 out of 27 patients with MIS-A survived after exhibiting cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and neurologic symptoms of illness without severe respiratory symptoms. The CDC says it believes that MIS-A develops after infection occurs which is why many of the adults with MIS-A did not test positive for the virus, but instead had positive antibody tests.
Patients were treated with corticosteroids along with other medications. According to the CDC, all but one of the victims belonged to an ethnic or racial minority.
“Findings indicate that adult patients of all ages with current or previous SARS-CoV-2 infection can develop a hyperinflammatory syndrome resembling MIS-C,” the study authors concluded.
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