Blood clot issue found in young COVID-19 patients at University Hospital
Clots in arms, legs, lungs, reported at University Hospital…
SAN ANTONIO – University hospital is seeing a troubling trend when it comes to young people hospitalized with coronavirus.
Even without having a predisposition for stroke, younger patients are still at risk for developing a deadly blood clot.
So far, no one with coronavirus has suffered a deadly stroke at University Hospital, but nearly all of them have had some form of clot in their arms and legs, said Dr. Diego Maselli, associate professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care at UT Health San Antonio.
Maselli said the trend is happening at other hospitals other in the world.
“Not only in the arms and legs, but also there’s reports of clots in the lung. You know, pulmonary embolisms and also stroke as well,” said Maselli, who is also director of respiratory care at University Health System.
And it’s happening in people under the age of 50 who have not pre-existing conditions that would indicate a clotting risk like diabetes.
“They’re healthy. They don’t have a lot of complications or medical conditions. So, it’s a bit unusual to see these complications in young, young people,” Maselli said.
The new development has changed the protocol for COVID-19 treatment at University Hospital.