What is the MIS-C syndrome that brought the 11-year-old from Lesvos to the intensive care unit


The 11-year-old who was transported from Lesvos by C130, due to complications of the coronavirus, is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Agia Sofia Children’s Hospital.

According to information, the boy is not intubated, nor in mechanical support, however, his health condition is characterized by doctors as serious, but stable.

The 11-year-old had been diagnosed with coronavirus 15 days ago and according to the doctors, the diagnosis is probably a multi-systemic inflammatory syndrome that sometimes occurs after covid infection, the so-called MIS-C.

More than 100 children in Greece developed MIS-C syndrome

The President of the National Vaccination Committee, Maria Theodoridou, was asked about the MIS-C syndrome, in the information of the Ministry of Health about the coronavirus. As he said, this syndrome has appeared in more than 100 children in Greece.

Multisystemic and inflammatory MISC disease can occur in children and adolescents two to six weeks after illness. According to Ms. Theodoridou, 50 children have presented with the syndrome and about another 50 have presented with symptoms that refer to MIS-C syndrome.

“They got the right treatment and so we did not have a fatal outcome,” he said characteristically.

What is MIS-C syndrome?

It is a clinical syndrome characterized by multiorgan involvement, with manifestations from the respiratory, gastrointestinal or cardiovascular system, hematological or mucosal lesions.

Specifically, children show fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, fatigue, etc. This syndrome is a late onset of Covid-19 disease, occurring 2-4 weeks after acute infection.

This clinical condition was first described in April 2020, while the WHO first described it in May 2020 and provided a preliminary clinical definition.

Overall, children remain at low risk for developing severe or critical COVID-19, but similar to adults, some underlying conditions make children more vulnerable to serious illness.

The most commonly reported of these conditions are obesity, chronic lung disease (including asthma), cardiovascular disease, and immunosuppression.

In young children, who are on average 7 years old, according to an Italian study by doctors in Bergamo, the symptoms of the new syndrome are more similar to those of Kawasaki, while adolescents and young adults show a more intense inflammatory reaction to the coronavirus, which threatens more seriously their heart and other organs, according to another US study.

What are the symptoms?

MIS-C syndrome in children is manifested by symptoms such as: fever, abdominal pain, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, fatigue, etc.

Not all children have the same symptoms, and doctors may do a series of tests, such as blood tests, chest x-rays, heart ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound, to see if it is a syndrome.

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