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PaediatricMay 25, 2021

Some children with syndrome linked to SARS-CoV-2 may need ongoing physical therapy after discharge

A minority of children with severe paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS) – a rare post-viral inflammatory disorder associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection – may need ongoing physiotherapy support after being discharged from specialist hospitals.

That is the message contained in a paper published yesterday (24 May) by a multidisciplinary team based at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – the world-renowned specialist paediatric unit – in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.


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The study is based on 46 children who had PIMS-TS after contracting SARS-CoV-2 infection

Small, observational study

The article is titled 6-month multidisciplinary follow-up and outcomes of patients with paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS) at a UK tertiary paediatric hospital: a retrospective cohort study.

It is based on an observational study that charted the progress of 46 children who had PIMS-TS after contracting SARS-CoV-2 infection. Despite them being admitted because they were severe, most of the children’s symptoms had resolved six months after they were discharged, it emerged.

Initial concerns centred on inflammation, and gastrointestinal, heart and clinically significant neurological symptoms. Their resolution, in most cases, after six months suggests long-term organ dam...

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