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Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children with Kawasaki disease-like manifestations in MMA

Miao Huang1, Xiyan Lu1, Yongmei Zeng2, Wujin Wang1, Jiyong Zhang2, Liting Wang2, Guoqing Dong1
Pubmed: 38497373
Endokrynol Pol 2024;75(2):230-231.


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Endokrynologia Polska

DOI: 10.5603/ep.98192

ISSN 0423–104X, e-ISSN 2299–8306

Volume/Tom 75; Number/Numer 2/2024

Submitted: 12.11.2023

Accepted: 22.12.2023

Early publication date: 05.03.2024

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children with Kawasaki disease-like manifestations in MMA

Miao Huang1Xiyan Lu1Yongmei Zeng2Wujin Wang1Jiyong Zhang2Liting Wang2Guoqing Dong1
1Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital, Shenzhen, China
2Department of Gastroenterology, Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital, Shenzhen, China

Guoqing Dong, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital, Shenzhen, China; e-mail: szdonggq@163.com

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Key words: organic acidaemias; multisystem inflammation syndrome; coronavirus disease

Methylmalonic acidaemia (MMA) is a disorder caused by pathogenic variants in the MUT gene (OMIM #609058) encoding methylmalonyl-CoA mutase. Although metabolic crises tend to occur during infections, cases presenting with multisystem inflammatory response syndrome and Kawasaki disease-like symptoms are rare.

The patient was born via vaginal delivery at 39 weeks and 3 days of gestation, with a birth weight of 2880 g. The diagnosis of methylmalonic academia (subtype mut0) was confirmed in the neonatal period. At the age of 3 years and 5 months, the patient was admitted to the hospital due to a 4-day fever and 1-day vomiting bout. The patient tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP) infection. The child had a high fever for 12 days, accompanied by cough, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and sinus tachycardia. On the 10th day of fever, he exhibited drowsiness, irritability, and a positive Babinski sign. The numbers of white blood cells, neutrophils, lymphocytes, and platelets decreased. Metabolic acidosis, hyperlactatemia, hyperammonemia, impaired liver and kidney function, elevated triglycerides, electrolyte imbalances (low potassium, low calcium, low sodium, low chloride), and elevated D-dimer were observed (Tab. 1). A chest computed tomography scan revealed multiple patchy and indistinct shadows in both lungs. The electrocardiogram indicated a prolonged QT interval, and the left coronary artery was dilated (Fig. 1).Dexamethasone was administered at a dose of 0.1–0.15 mg/kg per day for 3 days.

Table 1. Demographic and clinical data of the patient

Age onset of the diagnosis

20 days







Current age

3 years

WBC × 109/L




Lymphocyte × 109/L


Genetic locus

c.323G > A(p.R108H)

c.914T > C(p.I.305S)

Platelets × 1012/l


Highest degree of fever


CRP [mg/L]


Days of fever


PCT [ng/mL]



BE [mmol/L]




HCO3- [mmol/L]



Lactic acid [mmol/L]



Blood ammonia [umol/L]





Neurological manifestations




Creatinine [umol/L]



Urea [umol/L]


Babbitt sign+

Potassium [mmol/L]



Linezolid, meropenem, cefuroxime, azithromycin

Serum calcium [mmol/L]


PICU therapy

√ (2 days)

Sodium [mmol/L]



0.1–0.15 mg/kg. Days for 3 days

Chlorine [mmol/L]


Inpatient days


D-dimer [ng/mL]


Figure 1. Echocardiography: The internal diameters of the left and right coronary artery origins are approximately 0.34 cm (z-score 2.6) and 0.27 cm (z-score 1.6), respectively. Indicating: An enlargement of the left coronary artery origin

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is characterized by common clinical features, including fever, mucocutaneous manifestations (rash, conjunctivitis, hand/foot swelling, red/cracked lips, and strawberry tongue), myocardial dysfunction, cardiac conduction abnormalities, shock, gastrointestinal symptoms, and lymphadenopathy. In this case, the patient presented with a recurrent high fever that lasted for 12 days, in addition to vomiting, diarrhea, mild coronary artery dilation detected on day 6 of fever via cardiac ultrasound,and prolonged QT interval on the electrocardiogram.This presentation aligns with the diagnostic criteria for MIS-C and fulfills the diagnostic criteria for Kawasaki disease.

MIS-C and Kawasaki disease are two distinct conditions that share common clinical features. MIS-C with Coronary Arterial Lesion (CAL) are rare. In contrast, CAL are more common in Kawasaki disease [1]. The patient continued to show coronary artery dilation during the fifth week of illness. Fever is a key feature of MIS-C, and affected children often exhibit higher body temperatures and longer duration of fever compared to children with other common pediatric illnesses [2]. This case also presented neurological manifestations. Headache and acute encephalopathy are primary neurological manifestations of MIS-C, particularly following Omicron infection in children.

Lymphopenia is a typical finding in MIS-C, which is rarely reported in Kawasaki disease. The severity of lymphopenia is directly related to the likelihood of MIS-C diagnosis. In this case, not only was there lymphopenia, but also leukopenia, eutropenia, and thrombocytopenia, possibly related to hematopoietic dysfunction caused by MMA.

SARS-CoV-2 infection can lead to two distinct inflammatory diseases in children: Kawasaki disease and MIS-C, with the best response to treatment being glucocorticoids and intravenous immunoglobulin, resulting in good outcomes and rare complications [3]. On this basis, the patient was administered low-dose glucocorticoids and intravenous immunoglobulin on the sixth day of fever; unfortunately, the recurrent fever persisted, indicating a suboptimal response to conventional treatment methods in MMA patients.

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy(PEG) surgery is associated with minimal post-operative complications, is well-tolerated by pediatric patients, and is suitable for long-term tube feeding, simultaneously reducing negative psychological impacts on the patients [4]. The patient underwent PEG surgery at the age of 2, significantly reducing the frequency of metabolic disturbances. Additionally, during episodes of infection in the patient, the use of PEG can help shorten the hospital stay and facilitate the recovery process.

In summary, when treating patients with MMA who experience prolonged fever during concurrent infections, clinicians should remain watchful for the development of MIS-C and should also consider the possibility of Kawasaki disease.

Ethics statement

The study participant provided informed consent, and was approved by the Medical Ethics Committee of Shenzhen Maternal and Child Health Hospital (No. SFYLS2022075).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


This study was supported by Sanming Project of Medicine in Shenzhen (SZSM201812056).


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