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A new U.K. study has found that children who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are significantly more likely than adults to develop rare neurological disorders. Among the 1,334 children studied, researchers identified 52 cases of children who developed neurological complications, or 3.8 per cent of the study group. Within the cohort of 52 children, there were 25 who also developed pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as MIS-C or multisystem inflammatory syndrome. The researchers found that the 25 children with MIS-C were more likely to have multiple severe neurological complications, such as stroke, behavioural change, hallucinations and encephalopathy, a term that refers to brain damage or disease. They were also more likely to require intensive care, compared to the children with neurological complications who didn’t have MIS-C. On the other hand, the children who were found to have had neurological complications without MIS-C tended to have seizures, brain inflammation, psychosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a nerve disorder that causes muscle weakness and prickling sensations in the hands and feet.

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