A recent medical study revealed that infection with the emerging corona virus may result in damage to an important organ in the human body.
According to the study, whose results were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, people who are hospitalized with Covid-19, and even those with less severe symptoms, may face the risk of permanent kidney damage.
The new study, which was based on patient records in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, analyzed data from 1.7 million people who tested positive for the virus.
The researchers found that months after the initial infection, COVID-19 survivors were at a higher risk of developing various types of kidney damage (impaired kidney function and even advanced kidney failure).
People who were the most ill, those who needed intensive care unit care, had the highest risk of long-term kidney damage.
Commenting on the results of the study, the chief researcher, Dr. Ziad Al-Ali, assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said: “There were risks, albeit lower, among those patients who did not face major problems when they were infected with corona,” according to the “UB” agency. I News.
He added: “The important question is why this happens, is it because of the constant stimulation of the immune system and inflammation? It will take more research to find out.”
Al-Ali indicated that the good news is that kidney impairment can be easily detected through a blood analysis, adding that this type of test may be useful for people who suffer from severe symptoms of the Corona virus.