Why Is a Child Not a Miniadult for Infections?

M. Tresa Chappell, Carrie Kelly, Ken S. Rosenthal

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Abstract

The presentation of an infectious disease in a child is likely to differ from an adult and will differ at different ages of the child. In addition to differences in immune response, there are significant differences in anatomy, physiology, metabolism, and behavior that affect susceptibility, course of disease, severity, and treatment. This is the first of a series of reviews that examine differences in disease presentation for different demographics. This short review will look at some of the parameters that ask, "Why is a child not a miniadult for infections?"

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E169-E173
JournalInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • children
  • COVID-19
  • immunology
  • infectious disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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