COVID-19 is associated with a novel multi-system inflammatory syndrome that shares some characteristics with Kawasaki’s Disease. The syndrome manifestation is delayed relative to COVID-19 onset, with a spectrum of clinical severity. Clinical signs may include persistent fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, cardiac inflammation and/or shock.
We measured 59 inflammatory and endothelial injury plasma analytes in an adolescent girl that presented with malaise, fever, cough, strawberry tongue and jaundice. Her COVID-19 status was positive with detection of 2 SARS-CoV-2 viral genes using polymerase chain reaction. She was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin prior to blood draw, but our plasma measurements suggested a unique analyte expression pattern associated with inflammation, endothelial injury and microvascular glycocalyx degradation.
COVID-19 is associated with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome and a unique inflammatory and endothelial injury signature. Analyte markers of inflammation and endothelium injury might serve as putative biomarkers and/or be investigated further as potential therapeutic targets.