Background: Children receiving cytotoxic therapy for cancer have increased risk of infection due to drug-induced neutropenia and are therefore treated empirically for bacteremia when febrile or ill-appearing. However, viral infections, which are not frequently life-threatening, are the most common etiology of febrile episodes and there has been increased effort to differentiate patients who may have a higher risk for adverse outcomes. Case: We performed a retrospective chart review of pediatric oncology patients diagnosed with COVID-19 between December 20, 2021 and February 22, 2022 during the Omicron (B.1.1.529) surge at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, a tertiary care center in the Bronx. Conclusion: We found that no patients in our cohort developed respiratory distress, bacteremia, or serious illness after COVID-19 infection during the Omicron surge. Future studies will aid in understanding the relationship between community-acquired infections and bacteremia, and this knowledge can then be applied to develop optimal infection prevention clinical care guidelines.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Nov 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research