• Autopsies on COVID-19 patients reveal excessive blood clots

    Date:13 July 2020 Author: Leila Stein

    A study done on the bodies of COVID-19 patients who had died found blood clots in “almost every organ.”

    The study conducted by Dr Amy Rapkiewicz, the chairman of the department of pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center and her team found “dramatic” clotting during these autopsies.

    Since the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, doctors had noticed blood clotting in some of their patients. However, this new research shows how common it is.

    “What we saw at autopsy was sort of an extension of that,” Rapkiewicz told CNN. “The clotting was not only in the large vessels but also in the smaller vessels.

    And this was dramatic, because though we might have expected it in the lungs, we found it in almost every organ that we looked at in our autopsy study,” she said.

    The autopsies also showed another strange phenomenon. Large bone marrow cells which usually only circulate in the bones and lungs were found by the team in the heart, kidneys, livers and other organs of the bodies they examined.

    The team hope to discover a connection between these cells and the small vessel clotting they observed.

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