Possible COVID-related pediatric syndrome hits Oregon

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A 14-year-old girl is Oregon's first case of PIMS

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Health officials have confirmed Oregon’s first case of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome in a 14-year-old girl.

The condition (also known as PIMS) is rare and not much is known about it but it’s thought to be associated with COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, inflammation and poor function in one or more organs. Cases have been diagnosed in other states including New York and California.

Dr. Mark Buchholz is one of the doctors in charge of the teen’s treatment at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanual. Buchholz said the Washington County middle school student went to see a doctor on Saturday after nearly a week of unexplained symptoms. Tests revealed the girl had already contracted—and recovered from—COVID-19 before the new symptoms set in.

“She came in with about five days of fever, abdominal pain, harder to walk, shortness of breath—then her eyes became really red,” Buchholz told KOIN 6 News.

The girl was admitted to the hospital later the same day but Buchholz said she was already experiencing cardiac failure and her blood pressure was critically low. She was still in the hospital on Wednesday but was recovering. Buchholz said they’re treating her with “immune medications, cardiac medications, as well as blood thinners.”

had COVID-19 but recovered before falling ill with PIMS earlier this month. She was treated with blood thinners and was still in the hospital on Wednesday but is recovering.

OHA said treatment for the syndrome is supportive. Immune globulin has helped with a similar condition known as Kawasaki disease. 

State health officials are working on a case definition of PIMS and expect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to also release one in the coming days. Health care providers will also be advised to start watching for other cases and report them to state agencies so they can be tracked. 

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