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Coronavirus Outbreak: Recovered patients diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis

It was earlier reported that the KEM hospital in Mumbai was treating 22 such cases.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Recovered patients diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis
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In a worrisome trend, people who have been cured of the coronavirus have been returning in a month or so complaining of other respiratory illness, namely, pulmonary fibrosis.

Pulmonary fibrosis is the severe scarring of the lungs. It causes shortness of breath, requiring oxygen support for long durations, in some cases, for an individual’s entire life.

It was earlier reported that the KEM hospital in Mumbai was treating 22 such cases. None of these patients complained of a breathing problem after recovering from the coronavirus. However, they have returned in a month complaining of severe shortness of breath.

In the past, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) became a worldwide outbreak affecting more than 8000 patients from over 30 countries, with a mortality of 9.2 per cent. As per reports, Pulmonary pathology and clinical correlates were also investigated in patients who died of SARS in whom there was a strong epidemiological link.

Earlier, Mumbai had reported symptoms that are found to be similar to the Kawasaki disease amongst the young patients who have been infected with the coronavirus.

The reason for the disease is unknown. However, scientists have long opined that the Kawasaki disease is not contagious. This disease is a leading cause of acquired heart diseases in children. The heart complications include inflammation of blood vessels, usually the coronary arteries, that supply blood to the heart, inflammation of the heart muscles and heart valve problems.

The symptoms for the Kawasaki include rashes, red bloodshot eyes, swelling and tenderness of glands on one side of the neck, swollen hands and feet, swollen and cracked lips with a strawberry-like tongue with rough red spots, irritability and fussiness and peeling of skin on the fingers and toes. Furthermore, symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain can also develop. 

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