CORRELATION OF RTPCR AND HRCT CHEST FINDINGS IN COVID PATIENTS IN TERTIARY CARE CENTRE: AN ORIGINAL RESEARCH
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 3331-3335
AbstractAim: The purpose of the present research was to evaluate the co-relation of RTPCR and HRCT chest findings in COVID-19 patients in tertiary care centre.
Methodology: In our study, COVID-19 patients with positive RT-PCR results (RT-PCR (+) group) and patients with clinical suspicion of COVID-19 but negative RT-PCR results (RT-PCR (−) group) were compared in terms of CT findings. In CT images, ground-glass opacity and ground-glass opacity + patchy consolidation were the most common lesion patterns in both groups.
Results: No statistically significant differences in the rates and types of lesion patterns were observed between the two groups. In both groups, lesion distributions and distribution patterns were similarly frequent in the bilateral, peripheral, and lower lobe distributions. Among the 39 patients who underwent follow-up CT imaging in the first or second month, a regression in lesion number and density was detected in 18 patients from both groups.
Conclusion: Due to the false-negative rate of RT-PCR tests caused by various reasons, clinically suspected COVID19 patients with a contact history should be examined with CT scans, even if RT-PCR tests are negative. If the CT findings are positive, these patients should not be removed from isolation.
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