Clinical Analysis of Covid-19 Infections in Children with Cancer in A Tertiary Care Hospital in Bangladesh release_oztqhqcmrne4homgm7itj6mc6q

by Shahnoor Islam, Mehnaz Akter, Md Tanvir Ahmmed, Zannat Ara, SM Rezanur Rahman, AKM Khairul Basher, Kamrun Nahar, AKM Amirul Morshed

Published in Journal of Dhaka Medical College by Bangladesh Journals Online (JOL).

2021   Volume 29, p165-170


Background: Children suffering from cancer are more vulnerable than others. This study performed to outline the clinical characteristics and outcome of children with cancer with severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection in Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka.
 Methods: Clinical data and epidemiologic history of 24 children with cancer with laboratoryconfirmed COVID-19 infection by real-time reverse transcription-PCR (RNA-PCR) were admitted in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka from May, 2020 to June, 2020. Clinical data and epidemiologic history of these patients were restrospectively collected and analyzed.
 Results: Among the 24 cases, 16 (67%)were males and 8 (33%) were females. The median age was 5 years (range 0.11–12 years). The most common symptoms were fever (11 cases, 45%) and runny nose (8 cases, 33%), cough (8 cases, 33%), 6 (24%) were asymptomatic. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia were the most common (50%) and second most were Wilms tumor (17%). Among the 24 cases, on admission, 17 (71%) had normal white blood cell counts, while only 2 (8%) more than 10x109/L and 5 (21%) less than 4x109/L, respectively. 16 cases (67 %) had normal neutrophil count and 7 cases (29%) had neutropenia. Lymphocyte counts were normal in 50% cases, lymphocytopenia in 10 (42%). C Reactive protein and serum ferritin raised in 19(79%) cases, D-dimer raised, prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time raised in 8(33%) cases. X-ray chest was abnormal in 6 cases (25%). 16 cases (66%) received intravenous antibiotics, 5 cases (21%) needed oxygen therapy and 4 cases (17%) needed corticosteroid. Ninteen (79%) patients were discharged from hospital, 3cases (13%) were discharged on request and death was 2 cases (8%).
 Conclusions: Children at all ages appeared susceptible to COVID-19 and there was significant gender difference. Clinical manifestations of children's COVID-19 cases were generally less severe than those of adult patients. Death rate is more in children with cancer than others.
 J Dhaka Medical College, Vol. 29, No.2, October, 2020, Page 165-170
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