France: Brain damage found in paediatric long covid cases

Children, Coronavirus, Europe, France, Health, Hospitalization, Infection, Long Covid, Mental Heath

For the first time, the cerebral reality of the long form of the Covid-19 is demonstrated in children. Seven young patients suffering from persistent symptoms were explored by functional imaging (PET-scan) in the nuclear medicine department of the Timone hospital, headed by Pr Guedj. “The complaints of these children can not simply be explained by psychological and psychiatric disorders”, believes the specialist who has already identified, identically, this brain damage in adult patients, and who today favors the ‘hypothesis of inflammation of the brain, at the time of infection with SARS-CoV-2, to explain, in a subgroup of patients, the very long-lasting symptoms: “There is real brain damage. We cannot sum it up to something purely functional. “

“During the first wave, 17% of children and Covid-positive adolescents have developed a long Covid”

Paris Match report (in French)

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** This post was originally published on August 24, 2021 **