Information on COVID-19, with emphasis on children and teenagers with endocrine conditions

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic.

WHO has defined that older people, and people with pre-existing conditions (su ch as heart diseases, diabetes, respiratory conditions) appear to be more susceptible to becoming severely ill with the virus. For more information, see https://www.who.int/internal-publications-detail/covid-19-and-ncds

Nonetheless, children and teenagers can also be infected. Concerning endocrine conditions affecting children and teenagers and risks related to COVID-19:

Adrenal insufficiency: Management of children and adolescents with adrenal insufficiency (e.g. congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypopituitarism, Addison disease), if COVID-19 symptoms develop (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), the recommendation is to increase the hydrocortisone dose, following the general “sick day rules”.

Type 1 diabetes: The course of type 1 diabetes mellitus is expected to be the usual in children and teenagers with a well-controlled condition. The recommendation is to follow the general advice for “sick day” management in case of COVI-19 symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing).

Other pediatric endocrine conditions: In children and teenagers with other endocrine conditions, course of illness should not be affected. It is recommended to follow the usual management advice when COVID-19 symptoms develop (fever, cough, difficulty breathing).

Current knowledge on COVID-19 is limited by the lack of data. New information can be obtained as it becomes available on the following websites:

 

Sobre a SLEP

A Sociedade Latino-Americana de Endocrinologia Pediátrica – SLEP – foi fundada em 1986 por um grupo de endocrinologistas, sob a liderança do Dr. César Bergadá, a maioria dos quais já pertencia à SLAIP (Sociedade Latino-Americana de Investigação Pediátrica).A SLEP tem com objetivo a integração dos endocrinologistas pediatras e estimular o desenvolvimento da endocrinologia pediátrica na América Latina no sentido mais amplo.

A SLEP tem como atividade principal o congresso anual, com conferências e apresentações de protocolos colaborativos. No congresso da SLEP, a discussão dos trabalhos apresentados, quer como pôster, quer como tema livre, tem destaque especial na programação, além da presença sempre enriquecedora dos convidados estrangeiros. Nestas reuniões são apresentados inúmeros projetos pioneiros, inovadores, de excelente teor científico, modificando a pediatria latino-americana.