Chest computed tomography in children with COVID-19 respiratory infection

Pediatr Radiol. 2020 May;50(6):796-799. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04656-7. Epub 2020 Mar 11.


Background: Infection with COVID-19 is currently rare in children.

Objective: To describe chest CT findings in children with COVID-19.

Materials and methods: We studied children at a large tertiary-care hospital in China, during the period from 28 January 2019 to 8 February 2020, who had positive reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for COVID-19. We recorded findings at any chest CT performed in the included children, along with core clinical observations.

Results: We included five children from 10 months to 6 years of age (mean 3.4 years). All had had at least one CT scan after admission. Three of these five had CT abnormality on the first CT scan (at 2 days, 4 days and 9 days, respectively, after onset of symptoms) in the form of patchy ground-glass opacities; all normalised during treatment.

Conclusion: Compared to reports in adults, we found similar but more modest lung abnormalities at CT in our small paediatric cohort.

Keywords: COVID-19; Child; Computed tomography; Coronavirus; Pneumonia; Viral.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*