UK researchers have made an important discovery about the serious consequences that Covid-19 also leaves in healthy young people. In a recent preliminary study, a team of scientists has located damage to multiple organs of the body of young people four months after infection.
Amitava Banerjee, cardiologist and associate professor at University College London, explained to the British newspaper The Guardian that this research in which he has participated “supports the idea that there is an aggression at the organ level and potentially at the multi-organ level, which is detectable and could help explain at least some of the symptoms and trajectory of the disease. “
The study, called Converscan, seeks to assess the long-term impact of Covid-19 in the health of the organs of some 500 individuals considered low risk – with an average age of 44 years and without health problems – and who have ongoing Covid symptoms. To do this, the patients have been monitored using MRIs, blood tests, physical measurements and questionnaires on-line.
According to preliminary data from the first 200 patients who underwent these controls, four months after contracting the disease almost 70% have deficiencies in one or more organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, and pancreas.
“The good news is that the deterioration is slight, but even looking at it from a conservative perspective, there is some deterioration and in 25% of people it affects two or more organsBanerjee points out.
For this researcher, the findings are of great interest “because we need to know if (the deficiencies) continue or improve, or if in a subgroup of people they can get worse. “
It also represents an advance in the development of treatments for the symptoms experienced by those with Persistent Covid, among which are fatigue, mental confusion, shortness of breath or pain.
In some of the cases observed, although not in all, there was also a correlation between symptoms and impaired organ. For example, cardiac or pulmonary deficiencies were correlated with dyspnea, whereas liver or pancreas deficiencies were associated with gastrointestinal symptoms.
Another separate study that looked at 58 hospitalized patients with Covid-19 as well has produced similar results: 60% of them had similar abnormalities in the lungs; 29% in the kidneys; 26%, in the heart, and 10% in the liver two or three months after the initial infection, as well as changes in the tissues in some parts of the brain.
Although the data provided in the Converscan study need peer review, Banerjee has noted that they will continue monitoring and scanning people who have not had Covid-19 or who have experienced other viral infections such as the flu, to be able to compare the cases.