COVID-19: AIIMS Reports First Case Of Coronavirus Linked Brain Nerve Damage In Child

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The first case of COVID-19 induced brain nerve damage case has come to light in a 11-year-old girl at the All India Instutute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. This nerve damage has led to blurry vision in the child.

A report to this effect has been published in Hindustan Times. Doctors at AIIMS are reportedly preparing a report on the health status of the child. “We have found Covid-19 infection-induced Acute Demyelinating Syndrome (ADS) in an 11-year-old girl. This is the first case that has been reported in the paediatric age group,” HT quoted doctors as saying.

“This girl had come to us with a loss of vision. The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) showed ADS, which is a new manifestation. However, we now know that the virus majorly affects the brain and the lungs. We plan to publish this case report since we have established that her condition was Covid-19 induced,” Dr Sheffali Gulati from AIIMS’ Paediatric Department was quoted as saying.

Acquired Demyelinating Syndrome or ADS is an immune-mediated demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) in children that damage myelin, brain signals which impact neurological functions.

The silver lining is, the child’s condition improved with immunotherapy and she was discharged from AIIMS after she regained about 50 per cent of her vision.

The report also stated that another 13-year-old girl who is COVID-19 positive is also under treatment at AIIMS after she complained of fever and encephalopathy or swelling of the brain.

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