Italian doctors have discovered a new side effect from COVID-19

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — A group of Italian doctors reported the first case of thyroid inflammation, which was provoked by a coronavirus infection, in an 18-year-old patient. A related publication appeared in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Thursday, May 21.

“We are reporting the first case of subacute thyroiditis after SARS-CoV-2 infection. We warn doctors about additional and unregistered clinical manifestations associated with COVID-19,” the article says.

Experts said that they discovered this side effect when they studied the medical history of an 18-year-old girl. The patient turned to them with complaints of pain in the neck and larynx, heart palpitations and high fever. During the examination, subacute thyroiditis was found in her. 15 days before this, the girl was diagnosed with COVID-19.

According to doctors, such disorders in the thyroid gland occur in people who have had acute viral respiratory infections.

At the same time, the patient was examined earlier, but she had no thyroid problems before COVID-19. Thus, according to Italian doctors, there is a risk that SARS-CoV-2 can penetrate from the lungs and into the thyroid gland.

Earlier on the same day, it became known that biologists from Germany and France discovered the effect of coronavirus on the development of brain diseases.

Last week, Italian scientists said they found a 30-fold increase in the number of patients with Kawasaki syndrome in the province of Bergamo during the coronavirus pandemic.


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