News

Three-quarters of hospitalized COVID-19 patients have symptoms months later: UBC study

Three-quarters of hospitalized COVID-19 patients have symptoms months later: UBC study
Health
VANCOUVER -- Dozens of people in the Vancouver area who were previously hospitalized with COVID-19 have been tracked by UBC researchers, who found the majority are still reporting symptoms months after their initial illness.

Of the study s 78 participants, 76 per cent reported changes to their quality of life, including weakness, problems sleeping, anxiety and shortness of breath.

When we did breathing tests for people three months after symptom onset, over half of those patients had abnormality in their breathing test, said lead author Dr. Alyson Wong. When we looked at follow-up imaging and we did CT scans ... three months after symptom onset, 88 percent of patients had persistent abnormalities, which was much higher than what we were expecting.

One-in-five had CT scans that showed lung scarring, which study co-author Dr. Chris Carlsten says is the most disturbing finding. Much like scarring in another part of the body, its essentially permanent, he said. That scarring will lead to some comprise in lung function.

Study participant Jaclyn Robinson, herself a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital, was hospitalized with COVID-19 in March. She was intubated for seven days.

I understand I had an extremely rare case. I had no pre-existing conditions, I end up on a ventilator, I almost lost my life to this virus, she said.

Lung function tests found she has reduced lung volume and her CT scans still show COVID inflammation, but no permanent scarring in her lungs.

I still today have some some residual lung pain, so deep breaths, exertion I feel pain. So thats still there, unfortunately, said Robinson. Im a study participant because this virus is so new, we want to see what the short and long term impacts are on patients like me.

Dr. Wong said while only time will tell with COVID-19 patients, he believes "we are going to see a significant amount of people who have lasting impacts.
Read more on CTVnews
News Topics :
RELATED STORIES :
Science
A patient reported symptom tracking method used for patients with cancer has now been adapted for patients with COVID 19. Investigating the effect of famotidine, a potential treatment for COVID 19, on non hospitalized...
Top Stories
Chinese doctor Peng Limei browses CT scans of lung cancer patients at the Jingdong Zhongmei private hospital in Yanjiao, China s Hebei Province on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. AP /...
Top Stories
TORONTO Researchers at the University of British Columbia are compiling CT scans and chest X rays from around the world to create a global dataset aimed at helping...
Science
Emma R. Schachner, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology & Anatomy, and Bradley Spieler, MD, Vice Chairman of Radiology Research and Associate Professor of Radiology, Internal Medicine, Urology, & Cell...
Science
Updated CT scoring criteria that considers lobe involvement, as well as changes in CT findings, could quantitatively and accurately evaluate the progression of coronavirus disease COVID 19 pneumonia, according to an...