STUDY OF CLINICAL PROFILE OF PATIENTS WITH POST-COVID SYNDROME AT A TERTIARY HOSPITAL
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 12180-12188
AbstractBackground: Some patients may experience symptoms even after the recovery from Covid 19 termed as Post COVID Syndrome. Long-term follow-up studies on persistent symptoms, lung function, physical, and psychological problems of discharged patients are urgently required. We aimed to describe the long-term consequences of COVID-19 in patients after hospital discharge and identify the potential risk factors.
Material and Methods: Present study was single-center, descriptive observational study, conducted in patients > 14 years, with Covid 19 positive (RTPCR or Rapid antigen) status came to follow up after 14 days of treatment completion.
Results: Out of 500 patients, 254 patients were between 40 to 80 years, 345 males 372 patients (74.4%) required < 14 days hospital stay, 269 patients (53.8%) came to follow up within one month, 408 patients didn’t have any comorbidity. Most common symptom present even after the recovery from covid was Generalised weakness (33.8%) followed by cough (29%) shortness of breath (23.4%), rhinitis (23.4%), myalgia (15.8%), joint pain (15.2%), fever (14.8%) & hair loss (13.2%). HRCT of Covid patients and found that 119 patients had HRCT score > 9/25 and 80 patients had HRCT score <9/25. HRCT Findings suggestive of fibrosis was present in 121 patients, air space consolidation was there in 103 patients f/b tractional bronchiectasis in 27 patients. On follow up HRCT there was a very much improvement in the HRCT findings. Only 15 patients and HRCT score >9/25 and 13 patients had <9/25. Conclusion: Generalised weakness, cough, shortness of breath, rhinitis, myalgia, were common postcovid symptoms noted. On follow-up chest X ray & HRCT improvement was noted in majority of patients.
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