Peripheral neuropathy, umpteenth sequela of persistent covid

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More than two and a half years later, the scientific community continues to struggle to unravel the mysteries that still remain around the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. After more than 6.3 million dead and more than 572.2 million cases confirmed worldwide, according to data from the World Health Organizationthe covid-19 continues to spreadHey, the virus has not been completely eradicated, despite the positive impact of vaccines. In fact, even today, new studies continue to proliferate on the variety of consequences which can lead to disease.

Specifically study the persistent lustwhich the WHO defines as “the condition that occurs in people with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection, usually three months after onset, with symptoms that last for at least two months and cannot be explained by another diagnosis”, specialists in neurology and the nervous system have come to the conclusion, precisely, that some of the patients who are affected by it may experience peripheral nervous system involvementcon neuropathies They usually develop within a month.

Scientists point to another lingering covid sequel: hand and foot damage and pain

published in the journal Neurologywhat the study officials are specifically referring to is that patients with persistent covid may manifest with symptoms, in addition to fatigue, sensory changes and hand and foot pain.

In this regard, they consider that this type of consequences would not be caused exclusively by the infection itself, but by a immune response at the same, of type inflammatory, overly aggressive. In this way, damage would occur that would affect peripheral nervous system.

According to the study authors, it is difficult to treat and, in affected patients who report these sequelae, only 52% of those treated with immunotherapeutic procedures (immunoglobulins or corticosteroids) experienced improvements, without symptoms do not completely disappear.

The majority, they repeat, began to suffer small fiber neuropathya condition that affects various nerves in the body, characterized by the appearance of numbness, tingling and pain in the feet, after a month.

According to the WHO, “Most people who develop covid-19 make a full recovery, but current evidence suggests that around 10% to 20% of the population experience various medium- and long-term effects after infection after having recovered from the initial illness”. Among the most common symptoms, although it does not expressly refer to peripheral neuropathies, it includes muscle pain, as well as fatigue; dyspnea (difficulty breathing); memory, concentration or sleep problems; persistent cough; chest pain; slurred speech; muscle aches; loss of smell or taste; depression or anxiety and fever.

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