Novel paediatric presentation of COVID-19 with ARDS and cytokine storm syndrome without respiratory symptoms
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the pathogen that causes COVID-19. Although early studies suggested that children and adolescents could be spared from severe disease, reports have since been published of children hospitalised or dying from COVID-19. We report a 14-year-old previously healthy individual who presented to our institution with a 3-day history of pyrexia, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, but without respiratory symptoms. The patient’s mother reported mild respiratory symptoms 3 weeks previously but the patient had not been tested for SARS-CoV-2.
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