Many damage organs in the long run after COVID
THURSDAY, April 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Long-term organ damage is common after being cured and discharged from hospitalized COVID-19 patients, British researchers have reported.
A U.S. expert who read the report said he has seen the same thing in his practice.
“This study has shown that it is not just the damage done lungs, but may affect heart, brain and kidneys, as well, ”said Dr. Mangala Narasimhan, who directs critical care services at Newwell’s North Hyde Park (NY).
According to him, “care should be taken to be aware of any other possible anomalies that may occur when patients are advised to be discharged.”
The UK research team has stated that – along with causing serious respiratory problems – COVID-19 appears to be able to affect other organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. The general pattern of long-term organ damage in COVID-19 patients was not yet clear, so it was decided by researchers led by Amitava Banerje of University College London.
The team assessed organ damage hospitalized in England and discharged more than 47,700 COVID-19 patients (average age 65 years) before September last year. These clinical findings were compared with paired “control groups” taken from the general population.
The researchers tracked hospitalization rates between COVID-19 patients and the control group, as well as death for any reason. Respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic, renal and. They followed up on new diagnoses liver disease in both groups until the end of September 2020.
Following an average follow-up of 140 days, nearly a third of COVID-19 patients were readmitted to hospital, and more than one in 10 died after discharge, the Banerjee team found.
Overall, 766 of COVID-19 patients were readmitted and the mortality rate of 320 was four to eight times higher than that observed in the control group per 1,000 people per year, respectively.
Researchers have also found that COVID-19 patients have newly diagnosed rates of respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes they were 27, 3, and 1.5-fold higher than those observed in the control group, respectively.