A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous.
Some types of coronavirus are serious, though. Several people have died from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia and other countries. People also died from a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. Both MERS and SARS are caused by coronaviruses.
Usually, though, a coronavirus causes common cold symptoms that you can...
Pneumonia (viral or bacterial) is the most common.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is often the cause
of these infections.
Airway obstruction. Some infants who have
chronic lung disease experience some obstruction of their airway that is caused
by narrowing of and damage to the airway (laryngotracheal stenosis and
tracheomalacia), conditions that are associated with
prolonged or more frequent use of breathing tubes.
the bloodstream (sepsis).
Increased blood pressure in the
lungs (pulmonary hypertension) leading to enlargement of the right side of the
heart and possible
heart failure, which occurs in infants who are
Respiratory distress that requires a
ventilator to help with breathing throughout early
Growth problems. Compared with other
children of the same age, children who have chronic lung disease may be
shorter, weigh less, have a smaller head, have hearing or vision problems, and
have learning problems.
which is a group of motor problems and physical disorders that result from a
brain injury or abnormal brain development.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
April 27, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 27, 2011
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