COVID-19 infection may also damage kidney

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COVID-19 infection may also damage kidney

COVID-19 infection may also damage kidney

COVID-19 infection may also damage kidney

New studies have suggested that a COVID -19 patient may suffer lasting damage to their kidneys.

This finding mainly has been found in those patients who were admitted to the hospital. The important finding is that this kidney injury may happen even after months of COVID-19 infection and may vary from minor to severe kidney damage. But patients who were admitted in the ICU had the highest risk.

As kidney failure may happen even after weeks it may be due to ongoing inflammation or immunological injury.

 The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology – published this article last week where files of more than 1 million VA patients were studied.

 COVID patients were more likely to show a significant drop in the kidneys' glomerular filtration rate (GFR), a measure of how well the organs are filtering waste from the blood.

More than 5% of COVID patients had a GFR decline of 30% or more. And compared with the general patient population, their risk was 25% higher.

The more severe COVID patient may even develop acute renal failure.

Most of these kidney injuries will improve if the patient does not have any other risk factor of chronic renal disease. But some patients may develop permanent renal failure.

The kidney injury can be easily detected on blood tests and patients who needed hospital admission for COVID treatment may need to be followed up with these tests to detect renal injury which may develop months after discharge.

 

Dr. Rakesh Rai.

MS, FRCS, CCST, ASTS Fellow.

www.myvirtualhospital.com