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James Antoon: COVID-19 and neurologic complications in children

Published Online: August 19th 2022

Little is known about the outcomes of neurologic complications associated with COVID-19 in children. We spoke with Dr James Antoon (Department of Paediatrics, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, USA) to discuss his recent cross-sectional study of 15,137 COVID-19 children aged 2 months to <18 years with COVID-19 discharged from 52 children’s hospitals from March 2020-March 2022. They concluded that neurologic complications are common in children hospitalized with COVID-19 and are associated with worse hospital outcomes. It also highlighted the importance of COVID-19 vaccination in children and high risk populations.

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Questions:

  1. What is known about the neurologic complications of COVID-19 in children?
  2. What were the aims and design of your study?
  3. What were the findings in terms of prevalence of neurologic complications and hospital admissions?
  4. What factors were associated with the risk of neurologic complication, and what are the clinical implications of these findings?
  5. What were the limitations of the study and what questions remain unanswered?

Resources: J W Antoon, M Hall, L M Howard, A Herndon, K L Freundlich, C G Grijalva, D J Williams. COVID-19 and Acute Neurologic Complications in Children. Pediatrics. 2022. doi.org/10.1542/peds.2022-058167

Disclosures: James Antoon receives grant/research support from NIH/NIAID.

Support: Interview and filming supported by Touch Medical Media. Interview conducted by Katey Gabrysch.

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