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Fifteen-minute consultation: Managing post-COVID-19 syndrome (long COVID) in children and young people
  1. Michael Wacks1,
  2. Elizabeth Wortley2,
  3. Anna Gregorowski3,
  4. Terry Y Segal2,
  5. Elizabeth Whittaker4,5
  1. 1 Paediatrics, King's College Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Paediatrics, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 Paediatric and Adolescent Department, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  4. 4 Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  5. 5 Section of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Terry Y Segal, Paediatric Department, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, NW1 2PG, UK; terry.segal{at}


Post-COVID-19 syndrome is a new condition that can have a major impact on the physical and mental well-being of children and young people, affecting their ability to access activities including education. Paediatricians and general practitioners need to be able to assess and manage patients with this condition; making the diagnosis, excluding serious pathology, managing comorbidities and accessing appropriate management are crucial. This 15 minute consultation presents an approach to history taking, examination, investigations, management principles and referrals.

  • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Covid-19

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