translated from Spanish: Bottom eye study can prevent arterial events in COVID patients

Spain.- Research from the Clínica Universidad de Navarra (CUN) (northern Spain) has shown that the analysis of the bottom of the eye can prevent the occurrence of arterial events that complicate the prognosis of positive patients of COVID-19. This is the study “Retinal Microangiopathy by COVID-19”, published in the scientific journal Journal Internal of Medicine, which investigates this situation after doctors have seen that in many patients with COVID-19 in many patients with COVID-19 small glass lesions occur during the pandemic.

The study could help predict those who will have a severe Covid-19 form
THE specialist of the Check unit of cuN Manuel Landecho, one of the main researchers of the study explains that:
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In this context, we value the possibility of performing a direct view of the vessels of the body, which can only be done through the study of the bottom of the eye. In this way, we wanted to see if we could identify those patients who were most at risk of an arterial event

The study involved 30 positive patients with severe pneumonia, of which 6 had lesions similar to those seen in the context of people with cardiovascular risk factors. The director of ophthalmology of the Clinic and principal investigator with the previous one, Alfredo García Layana, notes that they performed a study of the “pretty complete” eye background, as it is the only part of the body where you can directly see the vessels and how systemic affectations affect them affect them.

Photograph provided by the Clínica Universidad de Navarra by Drs. Manuel Landecho (Checkbook Unit) and Alfredo García Layana (Dir. Ophthalmology), main authors of the paper published in Journal Internal Medicine. Efe

“So we can get an idea of what’s going on in other parts of the body,” he says. “Specifically, what we detect is what is called cottony exudates, that is, small micro-inphathses in the layer of fibers of the retina. This may suggest the onset of arterial lesions in other parts of the body,” he adds. One of the complications of COVID-19 has been the development of these events in people who were not at risk, people who did not have high blood pressure or diabetes. An uncertainty that highlights the importance of finding a biomarker, such as the study of the background of the eye, to predict whether the patient is risky and thus be able to take preventive measures.” Arterial events could be prevented with the inclusion of aspirin in its base treatment, as is done with heparin for venous people. Research continues in this line of adding to the diagnostic process the study of the bottom of the eye with the aim that in those patients who see lesions introduce low doses of aspirin to prevent the possibility of developing more serious consequences”, concludes Landecho. You may be interested: Self-mediting with dexamethasone can cause diabetes: IPNCOVID-19 and complications from cardiovascular diseasesType of blood and coronavirus; Does it really influence the severity of Covid-19?

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