Coronavirus lung scans are a puzzle for doctors

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  • Not all coronavirus patients appear to have lung damage, despite having low blood-oxygen levels.
  • Scans show healthy lungs, but patients are struggling with oxygen anyway, leaving doctors puzzled.
  • One possible explanation is that damaged areas of the lungs aren’t rerouting blood flow as they should, possibly due to some unique aspect of the novel coronavirus, but more research needs to be done to confirm this.
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The novel coronavirus pandemic has already cost thousands of lives, and when it comes to the most serious symptoms of COVID-19, it’s the virus’s effects on the lungs that are the most serious. The virus is known to trigger pneumonia in the most severe of cases, often requiring assisted breathing for patients who are affected. However, as WebMD reports, scans of a patient’s lungs are sometimes mysteriously unhelpful.

When a patient suspected of having coronavirus is admitted, blood work is done and, in a significant number of cases, low oxygen levels are noted. In cases like this, doctors would expect to see obstructions or damage in the lungs or labored breathing, but some patients appear to be breathing fine and X-ray scans show lungs that look relatively healthy.

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