He was suffering from severe abdominal pain and a fever. It Wasn’t a Case of Food Poisoning. In a letter published in the British publication The Lancet in May 2020, MIS was first disclosed. A group of physicians recounted eight children who presented to a London hospital with continuous fevers, gastrointestinal discomfort, and diarrhoea, the majority of whom had some confirmed exposure to Covid-19. Their blood pressure was dangerously low, and tests revealed that their hearts were failing. The clinicians caring for these patients hypothesised that the immune system was overreacting as a result of the coronavirus infection. A few weeks later, The Washington Post reported on other young people who had been hospitalised with a similar condition, which was ultimately dubbed MIS-A.
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Bak consulted a colleague, Dr. Bindu Balani, an infectious-disease expert at the hospital, before making this unusual diagnosis. “I admitted a patient… and I’ve been following up on his case because it’s incredibly exciting to me.” “I’m curious whether he has MIS-C,” she wrote. “I’m curious to hear what you have to say.” Balani, who was on vacation with her family and didn’t have access to a computer, wrote back, “He is a 33 year old!” Nonetheless, she was intrigued and later that day got a computer to research the patient. His presentation was completely MIS-compliant. She was also aware that the condition had been observed in adults.
Only once infection has been checked out can MIS in children or adults be diagnosed. In this patient’s situation, he had been on antibiotics for days and had not improved, and none of the tests ordered to investigate for additional infections had come back positive. All of the physicians involved considered the likelihood of MIS-A, and the patient was started on high-dose steroids the next day.
The reaction was swift. Both the fever and the diarrhoea were gone within 24 hours. He was able to rise from his bed and move around. He was hungry for the first time in almost a week. A few days later, he was released from the hospital.Physically and psychologically, recovery was difficult. It took weeks for him to feel like himself again, and he’s still out of breath when he rushes today, ten months later. But the injuries left on his sense of self are far worse. He referred to himself as a “textbook tough man” to me.
And he looked after himself – he wasn’t a smoker, he never used drugs, and he only drank in moderation. He made an effort to consume nutritious meals and maintain a decent level of physical activity. Despite this, he came dangerously near to passing away. And, despite the fact that his rational mind knew what had occurred, a part of him was still terrified – horrified that it had happened in the first place, and fearful that it could happen again.