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COVID-19’s Gut Connection: How MIS-C complication develops in children, adolescents

A multidisciplinary research team from Harvard Medical School, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and other institutions has identified the mechanism that causes an extremely rare but serious post-COVID-19 complication to develop in children and adolescents. Led by Lael Yonker, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric pulmonologist, the team of researchers determined that viral particles remaining in the gut long after an initial SARS-CoV-2 infection can travel into the bloodstream, instigating a condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).