Croup as a manifestation of COVID-19 in infancy: a case series

Authors

  • Bhakti Sarangi Department of Pediatrics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Guruprasad H. Shankar Department of Pediatrics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Ajay Walimbe Department of Pediatrics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • K. C. Prithvichandra Department of Pediatrics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2349-3291.ijcp20214164

Keywords:

SARS-CoV-2, Croup, Acute laryngotracheitis, Stridor, Budesonide

Abstract

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India brought with it an emerging clinical spectrum of the infection in children. Amongst these is the rarely reported presentation of croup, which otherwise remains a common clinical condition in infants caused by a variety of viruses and seen by pediatricians regularly. Airway manifestations of COVID-19 require reporting and unless their evaluation brings up any specific peculiarities, it is imperative to screen all such children presenting to the emergency department for SARS-CoV-2 infection. We hereby reported a series of three infants who were brought to us with typical features of croup including a mild fever, runny nose and indicators of subglottic inflammation including a hoarse voice, brassy cough and an inspiratory stridor. Each of them responded to conventional therapies for croup. However, the added conundrum of possible SARS-CoV-2 infection increases the relevance of rapid screening, assessment for complications and counselling in children presenting with croup.

Author Biography

Bhakti Sarangi, Department of Pediatrics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Associate Professor and head of Pediatric critical care services, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College and Hospital, Pune

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2021-10-25

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