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Commentary - Archives of General Internal Medicine (2022) Volume 6, Issue 1

Effect of COVID-19 on different organs of the body.

Howard Cross*

Department of Immunology, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Howard Cross
Department of Immunology
Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan

Received: 29-Dec-2022, Manuscript No. AAAGIM-22-53596; Editor assigned: 01-Jan-2022, PreQC No. AAAGIM-22-53596(PQ); Reviewed: 17-Jan-2022, QC No AAAGIM-22-53596; Revised: 22-Jan-2022, Manuscript No. AAAGIM-22-53596(R); Published: 29-Jan-2022, DOI: 10.4066/ 2591-7951.100103

Citation: Cross H. Effect of COVID-19 on different organs of the body. Arch Gen Intern Med. 2022;6(1):103.

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The COVID-19 pandemic that first has become obvious in Wuhan, China, is now infecting millions all over the international. This is an assessment of COVID-19's giant results on absolutely all the organs. It causes infection, endotheliitis, vasoconstriction, hypercoagulability, and edema. Lymphocytopenia, multiplied D-dimer, increased fibrin degradation products (FDPs), and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) are observed. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism (PE), systemic and pulmonary arterial thrombosis and embolism, ischemic stroke, and myocardial infarction (MI) are mentioned. Within the coronary heart it is able to purpose acute coronary syndrome, congestive coronary heart failure, myocarditis, and arrhythmias. Kidney damage is generally secondary to systemic abnormalities. Stroke happens even in younger sufferers. Delirium and seizures are not unusual. Anosmia and impaired experience of flavor are suggested. Mental problems are common amongst sufferers as well as companies. Stool may additionally comprise virus. Lactate dehydrogenase can be extended. Various skin manifestations together with patchy erythematous rash are pronounced.


Covid-19, Cytokine storm, Endothelial dysfunction, Hypercoagulability, Acute kidney injury.


The COVID-19 pandemic first has become apparent in Wuhan, China. It has swiftly unfolded to all continents. In individuals who expand medical infection in reaction to SARS-CoV-2, the respiration device is the most commonly affected. But, the virus can have an effect on any organ inside the body. In significantly sick sufferers, more than one organ are often affected. The virus binds to angiotensin changing enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors present in vascular endothelial cells, lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, intestine, liver, pharynx, and different tissue. It could immediately injure those organs. Similarly, systemic disorders resulting from the virus lead to organ malfunction. At the same time as coping with a patient it's far critical to assess for injury to multiple organs. Disturbances of coagulation and vascular endothelium are common but may not result in signs and symptoms in early ranges. They contribute to injury to multiple organs. Cardiac and renal dysfunction is not unusual a number of the patients who die. Harm to the organs may additionally grow to be apparent long after the extreme infection has subsided. Unique organs may be affected at specific times. Chronic injury may occur. Rehabilitation can be lengthy and hard.

Effect of Covid 19 on different organs

Inflammation and endotheliitis: In comparison to different fitness situations, COVID-19 can lead to a much greater production of cytokines with the aid of white blood cells. A surge of catecholamines may precede and contribute to cytokine hurricane, also referred to as as hypercytokinemia or cytokine release syndrome. This maladaptive reaction can lead to systemic inflammatory reaction syndrome (SIRS), acute respiratory misery syndrome (ARDS), multi-organ damage, surprise, and dying. Inflammatory reaction might also keep to boom even if the viral load is diminishing.

SARS-CoV-2 infects the endothelial cells in a couple of organs and causes diffuse lymphocytic endotheliitis, leading to vasoconstriction. Accompanying irritation, hypercoagulability, and edema cause hypoperfusion main to organ ischemia. However, patients with pre-existing immune-mediated inflammatory disease being treated with anticytokine biologics and other immunomodulatory healing procedures are not at an accelerated chance because of COVID-19 [1].

Effect on coagulation

Bleeding is not commonplace in COVID-19. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism (PE) and cor pulmonale, systemic and pulmonary arterial thrombosis and embolism, ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction (MI) are said. DVT and PE are commonplace some of the lifeless. This is because of infection, platelet activation, and hypercoagulability, and endothelial disorder, constriction of blood vessels, stasis, hypoxia, muscle immobilization, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).

Fever and inflammation motive hypercoagulability and impair fibrinolysis. Cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) stages correlate with hypercoagulability and ailment severity. Improved antiphospholipid antibodies are associated with thrombosis. The liver will increase production of procoagulant materials. Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time are fairly prolonged. Mild thrombocytopenia is discovered. C-reactive protein is expanded. Cytokine hurricane and excessive systemic infection are associated with lymphocytopenia, extended D-dimer, improved fibrin degradation products (FDPs), and DIC. D-dimer tiers and DIC are prognostic.

Pulmonary effects

Autopsy research indicates that in the extreme phase the patients have classic diffuse alveolar harm without organisation and fibrosis. It’s miles caused by disruption of endothelial and alveolar cells. This ends in fluid and mobile exudation and hyaline membrane formation. Acute fibrinous and organizing pneumonia also are determined. It consists of alveolar fibrin aggregation. Airway irritation is gift. Increased capillary permeability causes alveolar and interstitial edema. Vascular angiogenesis is a distinguishing function of COVID-19 [2].

Cardiac effects

In COVID-19, cardiac headaches can precede and may arise within the absence of pulmonary and different complications. Ischemic cardiac damage can arise in sufferers with established coronary artery disease (CAD), those with latent CAD, and those without CAD. The number one motive of the previous is plaque rupture and thrombosis. The ultimate one is due to insufficient oxygen deliver and mimics a MI. For acute coronary syndrome because of plaque rupture, antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapy can be beneficial. Fibrinolytic remedy and percutaneous coronary intervention may be considered. But, the reported occurrence of acute MI has declined in the COVID-19 period.

Invasion of myocytes by means of the virus is determined in some sufferers. Systemic inflammatory response inclusive of cytokine typhoon can purpose myocarditis without direct viral infiltration. It can purpose coronary heart failure and arrhythmias. This can occur even after the acute phase of the infection has resolved and in the absence of lung damage [3].

Renal effects

Acute kidney damage is also caused by rhabdomyolysis because of hyperventilation or medications together with antivirals inclusive of remdesivir. In big apple, about 90% of sufferers who have been on mechanical ventilation developed AKI. AKI happens in temporal affiliation with breathing failure.

Due to shortage of non-stop renal substitute remedy and different haemodialysis system and materials, there's greater utilization of peritoneal dialysis. The latter is suboptimal in hospitalized sufferers, especially if they're volatile. The catheter for peritoneal dialysis is usually located within the anterior stomach. Its miles less powerful in sufferers who are being proned due to breathing failure. Placing the catheter on the facet of the abdomen alleviates the problem.

Among kidney transplant recipients, first of all fever is found in most effective about one-1/2 and diarrhea is found in about onearea of the patients. As compared to a matched cohort they have got a faster development of disease and a higher mortality [4].

Effect on brain

The ACE2 receptors are gift in the cerebral cortex and brain stem. A few patients have meningitis and encephalitis indicating viral invasion of the crucial nervous machine (CNS). There may be depression of brain stem reflexes inclusive of the one that senses oxygen starvation. Neurological manifestations may be the most effective ones found or may additionally occur in mixture with respiratory or different symptoms. Neurological manifestations are more common in human beings with extra extreme ailment. Altered oxygen and carbon dioxide degrees may make contributions to them. They include dizziness, headache, and impaired cognizance such as confusion, delirium, and incapability to rouse. Delirium is common and can lead to long-term cognitive impairment along with reminiscence deficits. Due to the scarcity of generally used sedatives like propofol and dexmedetomidine, benzodiazepines are getting used for sedation. They could enhance delirium. Brains of dead sufferers reveal hypoxic changes but encephalitis or different adjustments because of the virus are rare.


SARS-CoV-2 virus binds to ACE2 receptors present in the course of the frame and may adversely affect sincerely each gadget of the body. It could purpose cytokine storm that may culminate in demise. One of kind organs can be affected in one of a kind patients, in a temporal direction unrelated to viral load. Irritation, platelet activation, hypercoagulability, endothelial dysfunction, constriction of blood vessels, stasis, hypoxia, and muscle immobilization make contributions to the complications.

The lungs are generally affected. Acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, and myocarditis may be gift. Patients who are on angiotensin changing enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers must maintain taking them. AKI is usually secondary to systemic derangements. Meningitis, encephalitis, encephalopathy, stroke, and delirium are located. Impaired experience of scent and flavour are observed. Eyes are web sites of virus entry and can also be sources of infection. Mental troubles are not unusual amongst patients in addition to companies. GI symptoms are observed. Patchy erythematous rash is the maximum common pores and skin manifestation. For that reason, COVID-19 can have an effect on surely any organ inside the body.


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