The Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society

Issue: April 2021
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Raisingani MG. Risk of complications in children with adrenal insufficiency and COVID-19. Presented at: ENDO annual meeting; March 20-23, 2021 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Raisingani reports no relevant financial disclosures.
March 21, 2021
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Severe COVID-19 risks greatly increased for children with adrenal insufficiency

Issue: April 2021
Source:

Raisingani MG. Risk of complications in children with adrenal insufficiency and COVID-19. Presented at: ENDO annual meeting; March 20-23, 2021 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Raisingani reports no relevant financial disclosures.
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Adrenal insufficiency increases the risk for severe outcomes, including death, 23-fold for children who contract COVID-19, according to a data analysis presented at the ENDO annual meeting.

Manish Gope Raisingani

“Adrenal insufficiency in pediatrics does increase risk of complications with COVID-19 infections,” Manish Gope Raisingani, MD, assistant professor in the department of pediatrics in the division of pediatric endocrinology at Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, told Healio. “The relative risk of complications is over 20 for sepsis, intubation and mortality, which is very significant.”

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Using the TriNetX tool and information on COVID-19 from 54 health care organizations, Raisingani and colleagues analyzed data from children (aged 0-18 years) with COVID-19; 846 had adrenal insufficiency and 252,211 did not. The mortality rate among children with adrenal insufficiency was 2.25% compared with 0.097% for those without, for a relative risk for death of 23.2 (P < .0001) for children with adrenal insufficiency and COVID-19. RRs for these children were 21.68 for endotracheal intubation and 25.45 for sepsis.

“Children with adrenal insufficiency should be very careful during the pandemic,” Raisingani said. “They should take their steroid medication properly. They should also be appropriately trained on stress steroids for infection, other significant events.”