Long-term sequelae of SARS in children

Paediatr Respir Rev. 2004 Dec;5(4):296-9. doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2004.07.012.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) runs a more benign course in children during the acute phase. Unlike adult patients, no fatalities were reported among the paediatric SARS patients. Published data on long-term sequelae of SARS are very limited. In our follow-up study, although patients have clinically recovered from their initial illness, exercise impairment and residual radiological abnormalities were demonstrated at 6 months after diagnosis. It is important to assess these patients on a regular basis to detect and provide appropriate management for persistent or emerging long-term sequelae in the physical, psychological and social domains.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Caregivers
  • Child
  • Exercise Test
  • Exercise Tolerance
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome* / diagnostic imaging
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome* / psychology