Pediatric Chikungunya Infection: Rheumatology Perspectives

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Sirikarn Tangcheewinsirikul


Chikungunya infection (CI) is caused by the chikungunya virus, which is spread by Aedes mosquitos. CI has been reported in both pediatric and adult patients with a range of clinical phenotypes, notably musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms. In young children, particularly in the newborn age, the symptoms are frequently severe. Thailand, which is located in the tropical tropics, has had several outbreaks of CI. As a result, pediatricians and general practitioners should be aware of the disease’s natural course as well as management guidelines. This article aims to inform pediatricians and general practitioners on the clinical characteristics particularly MSK complaints, diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis, laboratory investigations and treatment guidelines for pediatric patients with chikungunya infection from rheumatology’s point of view.


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