How do you know if your child has the rare hepatitis that affects hundreds of children around the world - The Bharat Express News

How do you know if your child has the rare hepatitis that affects hundreds of children around the world – The Bharat Express News

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Cases of hepatitis, an infection of the liver, have recently been reported in healthy children in more than 25 countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned medical professionals to look out for signs of this mysterious, idiopathic hepatitis that mainly affects children under the age of five. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control released a report in the week of May 11 that says there are around 450 cases of the rare liver disease worldwide. Of those cases, 109 have been reported in the United States, the European Health Agency said, and five deaths in the United States are believed to have been due to liver disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90% of cases in the United States have resulted in hospitalizations and 14% have undergone liver transplants. According to the report, none of the children has been hospitalized due to the current infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Dr. Joseph Denorcia is an assistant professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai in New York and a transplant surgeon at the Recanati/Miller Transplant Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital who spoke with TBEN News about this pediatric hepatitis that worries parents and puzzled experts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all cases of hepatitis in children in the United States have resulted in hospitalizations.
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Denorcia, who is also the surgical director of pediatric liver transplantation at Mount Sinai, told TBEN News that when the liver is inflamed, the liver’s many roles are affected.

A liver transplant surgeon said parents should look for the following in their children if they suspect liver disease:

– fever

– fatigue

Gastrointestinal symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain

Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)

Dark urine or light stools

Muscle and joint pain.

If your child has any of the signs or symptoms listed above, tell DiNorcia TBEN News that it is important to seek medical attention immediately. He said he can reveal[بلوود تست]It can detect hepatitis if it appears[كبد إنزيمات]Elevated and abnormal liver function measurements.

There are several hypotheses about the cause of this mysterious liver disease. The CDC said there is an investigation into the possible link between hepatitis in children and adenovirus infection after several children with the rare liver condition tested positive for adenovirus, according to a report from the CDC.

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According to health experts, adenoviruses are viruses that cause a variety of flu and cold symptoms ranging from sore throat to fever, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, pink eye (conjunctivitis), bronchitis or, in some cases, cystitis. Experts say it’s usually contracted through personal contact.

When asked if there is a link between cases of hepatitis and the current COVID-19 epidemic, DiNorcia told TBEN News, “There is no known association with COVID. Among the known cases of hepatitis, there has been no evidence of active COVID infection.”

Then the liver transplant specialist explained other possible hypotheses. Previous infection with COVID may have made these children more susceptible to hepatitis. Or hepatitis is a consequence of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) that occurs after infection with the Covid virus.” It has also been speculated that “or perhaps huddling during an epidemic has caused an abnormally strong and erratic immune response to anything that can cause hepatitis.” in children.” DiNorcia said medical professionals are investigating whether toxins, infectious agents or environmental exposures can cause hepatitis.

An expert said there is no link to COVID-19 vaccines.
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When asked if there is a link to COVID-19 vaccines, DiNorcia replied, “No. Most cases occur in children between the ages of 2 and 5 who have not received the vaccine.”

If a child is diagnosed with this form of hepatitis, the doctor said initial treatment includes supportive care in a hospital to help the liver recover. However, the doctor cautioned, “If hepatitis progresses to liver failure, the only treatment is a liver transplant.

More than twenty countries have reported rare cases of hepatitis in children.

More than twenty countries have reported rare cases of hepatitis in children.
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For parents worried about this mysterious disease affecting their children, the hepatologist offered a few words of comfort: “For now, you do not need to worry much. Although there is clearly an ongoing phenomenon, the number of cases is very low and acute hepatitis remains extremely rare.” .

The doctor said awareness is key. Make sure children are aware of their vaccinations. Continue with usual disease prevention measures such as frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth, and avoiding people known to be sick.” If your child has worrisome symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately, DiNorcia said.

2022-05-17 11:03:02

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