PIMS: Severe long-term corona consequences in children

According to the first information from the Robert Koch Institute, long-term consequences after a corona infection can affect every tenth infected person. Children also suffer from COVID-19 disease in the long term. In children and adolescents, these long-term effects manifest themselves in the form of a syndrome called PIMS. You’ll find more about it here.

Pediatric hyperinflammatory syndrome with multiple organ involvement (PIMS) is a new type of disease that can occur in children and adolescents as a result of corona infection. The syndrome is also known as Multiinflammatory Syndrome with COVID-19 (MIS-C).

PIMS: Signs in children after surviving corona infection

The German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases has so far registered 323 cases of the syndrome (as of May 23, 2021). PIMS usually occurs two to four weeks after the corona infection. These are symptoms and signs:

  • Persistent fever
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • skin rash
  • inflammation of the mucous membranes
  • cardiovascular problems
  • headache and  neck pain

Children and adolescents without previous illnesses can also be affected by PIMS. In order to avoid consequential damage such as  heart muscle inflammation  or long-term exhaustion syndromes, the responsible doctor should be contacted as soon as possible.

Initial studies show that those affected can recover from pediatric hyperinflammatory syndrome with multi-organ involvement. In rare cases, however, emotional lability and muscle weakness occurred six months after the illness.

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