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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Conditions

Understanding your child's condition is an important step on your treatment journey. Learn more about causes, symptoms and diagnosis for a variety of conditions, as well as unique treatments and research being performed at Children's National.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare – but serious – condition that affects the nervous system. 

Bone and Joint Infections

Bone infections, or osteomyelitis, involve inflammation of the bone, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Learn more about this condition.

Fever of Unknown Origin

The body has several ways to maintain normal body temperature. The organs involved in helping with temperature regulation include the brain, skin, muscle, and blood vessels.

Influenza

Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral infection and is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. 

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease (LD) is a multi-stage, multi-system bacterial infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, a spiral shaped bacterium that is most commonly transmitted by a tick bite. 

Meningitis

Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). 

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (Staph and MRSA)

Staphylococcus (Staph) is a germ that lives in our noses and on our skin. An infection can happen when the skin is open from a scratch or cut or an insect bite. MRSA are Staphylococcus bacteria that have become resistant to certain antibiotics, like penicillin, amoxicillin or augmentin.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic bacterial infection that usually infects the lungs, although other organs are sometimes involved.