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Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C): What Parents Should Know

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, children were a population left relatively untouched by the novel coronavirus. If infected, children often had few symptoms unless an underlying condition compromised their health. It was believed that children could have the disease without suffering from the symptoms.


More recently, pediatric hospitals are sharing stories of children suffering from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C (formerly referred to as pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, or (PIMS)). You may have heard of this referred to as Kawasaki disease, inflammation syndrome, severe inflammation from COVID-19 or something else. Though the information available about MIS-C is still extremely limited due to the small numbers of cases compared with the staggering numbers of people affected by COVID-19, pediatric specialists around the country, including those at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, are focusing their efforts on determining whether more cases exist.

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