A pathologist has revealed that autopsies on people who died from the Corona virus help doctors understand how the disease affects the body – and blood clotting is among the most important results, according to CNN.
Dr. Amy Rabkevich, head of the pathology department at the Langon Medical Center at New York University, explained that it is known that some Corona patients have blood clotting problems, but she described the degree and extent of this as “dramatic.”
She added that in the early stages of the epidemic, doctors noted a lot of blood clotting “in various lines and large vessels”, according to Asharq Al Awsat.
“What we saw in the autopsy was somewhat an extension of that … the coagulation was not only in large vessels, but also in small vessels,” Rabbeckevich noted.
And she added, “It was very interesting, because although we expected it in the lungs, we found it in almost every organ that we looked at in studying the autopsy of the victims.”
Autopsy also showed something unusual in large pure cells or large bone marrow cells. The doctor said that they usually do not move outside the bones and lungs. “And we found it in the heart, kidneys, liver, and other organs … significantly in the heart. Giant cells produce what are called platelets, which are closely involved in blood clotting.”
She said that the researchers hope to discover how these cells affect the clotting of small vessels in Corona patients.
Pathologists were surprised by something they did not find. She said that during the early stages of the epidemic, doctors believed that the virus would provoke myocarditis.
Rabkevich stated that the autopsy revealed that the incidence of myocarditis was very low.
One of the analyzes, she said, “is that pathologists have had the opportunity to examine the organs of many corona victims and investigate the complications of the disease that occur.” She indicated that the opportunity was not really available with H1N1 patients or during the outbreak of the original SARS virus.
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