Most lungs recover well, study says



Most lungs recover well, study says

(This story was first published in The Times of India on November 27, 2020)

  • Lung tissue of patients severely suffering from COVID-19 show good recovery in most cases, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study conducted by researchers from the Radbound University in the The Netherlands included 124 patients who had recovered from acute Covid-19 infections.
  • In the study, patients were divided into three categories: a group who was admitted to the ICU, patients who were admitted to a hospital ward, and those who were able to stay at home but had persistent symptoms who eventually got a referral from their doctor.
  • The researchers looked at how the patients were doing after three months and found that the patients who were referred to the aftercare clinic by their doctor had the worst recovery in the period after that. The latter group of patients were referred because of their persistent symptoms, they said.
  • The patients were examined by CT-scan and a lung function test at the time of admission and after three months and it was found that the patient’s lung tissue is recovering well. Residual damage in the lung tissue was generally limited and most often seen in patients treated in the ICU, the researchers said.


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