Coronavirus patients may be at risk of potentially life-threatening blood clots, according to medical experts and emerging research.
Doctors treating those diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease called by the novel coronavirus, are seeing patients with clots throughout the body, including in the lungs and beneath the skin’s surface.
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Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, a hematologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, said the blood clots related to COVID-19 are “a major issue we haven’t seen before.”
“I get called on severe COVID patients in the intensive care unit, typically because the kidney doctor tells me that they’ve had a patient on anticoagulants [blood thinners]… and their blood is clotting. As they’re drawing the blood, it’s clotting their tube,” he said.
“That’s unprecedented. I’ve seen that just a few times in my life, and I’m seeing that very, very frequently.”
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Laurence co-authored a recent report that examined skin and lung tissue from five patients with severe COVID-19.