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Acute hepatitis of unknown etiology.  Is this a complication of covid?

Acute hepatitis of unknown etiology. Is this a complication of covid?

  • On April 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 10 cases Acute hepatitis in several children in Scotland. A few days later, there were already 74 cases of infection across the UK.
  • The disease has also appeared in the United States, Ireland and Spain.
  • The most disturbing thing is that Pathogen unknown.

Mild hepatitis is very common in children after different viral infections, but what we see today is completely different. Acute inflammation is observed in children, which in many cases leads to liver failure and requires a transplant – said Professor D. Graham Cook of Imperial College London.

In describing the disease of the sick from Scotland There are many question marks. Doctors don’t know the cause of the sudden outbreak because children who are taken to the hospital do not have a significant medical history that explains it. Symptoms of the disease were similar in individual cases.

The reason for the sudden increase in the number of cases is unknown. Lab Tests Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses.. SARS-CoV-2 and/or adenoviruses have been detected in a few cases. Experts disagree about the cause of the disease because there is not enough data. The reason for the increase in morbidity appears to be Some viral infections. There have been suggestions that pediatric acute hepatitis may be a complication after COVID-19. At the moment, however, there is no evidence to support this.

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“When there is such a backlog of cases, it seems to me a possible viral cause. A whole range of viruses can cause hepatitis – hepatitis A through well-known E viruses and hepatitis B,” said Simon Taylor Robinson, a hepatologist at Imperial College London. Epstein-Barr (which causes glandular fever) may be another cause.

The problem with determining the cause of acute hepatitis B is the fact that it is now present in the population Many viruses are spread, including adenovirusesThey appear mainly in the spring and can lead to hepatitis. Experts say the liver is very good at regenerating over time, but it needs to keep track of the pathogen. WHO intends to continue monitoring the situation. In Poland, it is not registered New cases of illness.