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Doctors Finding More COVID-19 Patients With Kidney Damage

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    There is still much to be learned about the long-term effects of COVID-19, but a recent study reported by the American Society Nephrology discovered the virus negatively affects the kidneys.


    The study found that up to half of COVID-19 patients in ICU treatment ended up on dialysis.

    Of those patients studied in New York, the majority, 82 percent, had no kidney disease prior to contracting COVID-19 and suffering kidney injury.

    Injury to kidneys is showing up more often in COVID-19 patients, according to a nephrologist at UAB, Dr. Vinay Krishna.

    Dr. Krishna describes the kidneys as the filters of the body and says that the effects of COVID-19 can be temporary or even long-term.

    “The kidney loses the ability to regulate the mechanisms they are responsible for like managing the liquids in the body, managing electrolytes in the body, creating a hormone to manufacture blood,” said Dr. Krishna.

    UAB has been seeing more patients who need dialysis treatment, and those who need that treatment must wear masks at all times.


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