AIIMS Reports 1st Case of COVID-Related Brain Nerve Damage i
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All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has reported the first case of brain nerve damage related to the novel coronavirus in a child.

The virus has inflicted the damage in an 11-year-old girl, leading to a blurred vision. "We have found COVID-19 infection-induced Acute Demyelinating Syndrome (ADS) in an 11-year-old girl. This is the first case that has been reported in the pediatric age group," the draft of the report mentioned.

"The girl had come to us with a loss of vision. The MRI showed ADS, which is a new manifestation. We plan to publish this case report since we have established that her condition was COVID-19 infected," Dr. Sheffali Gulati, chief, child neurology division, department of pediatrist at AIIMS, was quoted as saying in the report.

ADS includes epilepsy, encephalitis, Kawasaki-like disease, Guillain-barre syndrome etc that are the other commonplace health complications that children, who tested Covid-19 positive, are known to suffer from.

Some of these brain conditions may adversely affect the long-term neurodevelopmental outcome. As a result, these children need a regular follow-up treatment that can be a challenge for a resource-strapped country such as India.

The report also said that the health condition of the girl improved with immunotherapy, and she was discharged from the hospital after regaining about 50 % of her vision.

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