SAINT ANTHONY – Pediatricians at UT Health San Antonio are seeing the type of complications from COVID-19 that would normally put older patients at risk, develop in adolescents.
Dr Ted Wu, a pediatric care specialist at UT Health San Antonio, says he was surprised by the complicated cases that are now being seen locally.
“The older teenagers who come in with severe lung clots which were very frightening for families and for patients as well,” he said.
Exploring the mystery of these difficult cases, he said some of these patients did not have co-morbidities, such as obesity or diabetes. In fact, some are in excellent physical condition without health complications before contracting the virus.
In some cases, Dr Wu says they are very close to death.
“We had a teenager who was very active in football, and he had a blood clot in his lungs and he was very close. We were really, really worried about him, but he succeeded, luckily he succeeded, ”said Dr Wu.
Some weren’t so lucky. Although Dr Wu did not record the number of deaths in these young patients, he did experience the loss of a young patient. That is why he is a proponent of mask mandates for all children.
“These patients all need oxygen, need an oxygen supply, and then they need an anticoagulation or an anticoagulant to wait for the body to absorb this clot, or to keep the clot from getting even bigger.” , he explained of the intensive care these adolescents must receive. .
The other complication that doctors see is called neuropathy, where the child has no outward symptoms other than a very confused appearance. Dr Wu says the only diagnosis that can be found is COVID-19.
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