Dear Dr. Griffin,
I am a longtime listener to COVID clinical updates and know that you have already done some episodes related to pericarditis in kids after SARS-CoV-2 infections. I was wondering if you could give us an update, in part because this has just come very close to home.
My six year old was just hospitalized today and diagnosed with pericarditis. Generally he is a very healthy little guy. He was vaccinated with Pfizer last November and contracted SARS-CoV-2 infection a few weeks ago. Symptoms were mild: he had a low fever, briefly lost his sense of taste and smell. He has been testing negative for SARS-CoV-2 since April 1st.
Today he had a sudden spike in fever up to 104 F while he was complaining that his heart hurt. It was racing when my wife put her hand on his chest. The ambulance took them to the hospital where an ECG revealed pericarditis. They sent him home for bed rest and he will be getting a checkup with a pediatrician in three days.
Basically, I’m just wondering what the future might hold? I know that we’ll need to watch the situation closely for the next couple of weeks before he heads back to school (assuming that everything is OK). But, what about the prognosis for the medium to long term? Are kids like him recovering, or are some developing long COVID symptoms? Have there been any recent papers on this that we can check out? Do you know of any studies that are actively tracking this?
Thanks again for everything that you do to help us all make sense of SARS-CoV-2. I’ve CCed my wife on this note in case she has anything to add, or any other questions.
S. Eben Kirksey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Research), Alfred Deakin Institute
thank you for your service!
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