COVID-19 in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: frequency and severity
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Department of Children’s Diseases and Pediatric Surgery, I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University, Ternopil, Ukraine
Regional Children’s Hospital, Ternopil, Ukraine
Submission date: 2021-03-21
Final revision date: 2021-05-18
Acceptance date: 2021-06-15
Online publication date: 2021-07-11
Publication date: 2021-07-16
Reumatologia 2021;59(3):197-199
The aim of the study was to determine the frequency and the course of COVID-19 infection in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The study involved 51 patients with JIA aged 2 to 18 years. Evidence of COVID-19 was found in 10 (19.6%) patients with JIA. COVID-19 infection occurred more often in patients with systemic arthritis (OR = 6.1667, 95% CI: 1.2053–31.5511, p = 0.0289). The course of COVID-19 infection in patients with JIA was generally similar to the course in the pediatric population, despite immunosuppressive therapy. In 3 out of 10 patients the infection caused an exacerbation of JIA, which required therapy escalation.
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