Research looks at possible genetic cause for lasting COVID symptoms in kids

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New research has found a possible genetic cause for why some children who’ve had COVID-19 also develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome – a rare but potentially life-threatening condition which can impact a child’s heart, lungs or brain.

A research team involved in antiviral genes at Cleveland Clinic studied the sequencing data of children who had COVID-19 and MIS-C, as well as children who only had COVID. From there, they were able to identify in a small number of cases a potential genetic cause for why some children get the two conditions.

Their research is far from over, but the team expects these findings will prove helpful.
Symptoms of MIS-C mainly include persistent fever, rash, red eyes, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

Concerned parents should contact their pediatrician.