Rare early symptom identified – also in Germans

Fever, runny nose, but also gastrointestinal disturbances are the first signs of a corona infection. Case reports and studies have now identified another sign.

During the pandemic, scientists and doctors are learning more and more about the clinical picture of Covid-19. Some infected people also have atypical symptoms at an early stage, which are often not attributed to the viral illness. One of them can be sudden fainting, also called syncope.

As ‘√Ąrztezeitung’ reports, there are a growing number of cases in which patients with fainting attacks test positive for SARS-CoV-2. The case of a 35-year-old man who was treated for recurrent syncope in the emergency room of a Berlin hospital has recently become known. Doctors found nothing – except for a positive corona test result.

In syncope, familiarly Weak or circulatory collapse, the brain is briefly supplied with adequate oxygen and loss of consciousness occurs. The depth and duration of unconsciousness can vary, but most people can be treated again quickly. Dizziness, nausea, and visual disturbances are also typical symptoms.

Study: fainting in about four percent of corona patients

Researchers from the United States have already looked at how often and when fainting is linked to fall 2021 Covid-19 appear. To do this, they evaluated 37 studies with a total of over 14,000 patients.

The result of the analysis: Every 25th patient developed syncope, usually in the early phase, as an initial symptom of Covid-19 which led to hospitalization. The study authors conclude that fainting is not a typical symptom of Covid-19, but can occur in some cases. It should therefore be taken seriously as a warning sign.

The causes of fainting attacks with Covid-19 have not yet been elucidated. Higher Arterial pressure and appropriate drugs could play a role. Diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease are also discussed in this context.

Fainting also observed with Long-Covid

As the researchers report, fainting could also be one of the many symptoms of Long Covid belong. In several studies, this symptom has also appeared in people who had recovered from Covid 19, on average around three to four weeks after diagnosis. Other cognitive symptoms such as impaired concentration, consciousness and sleep are also among the possible long-term consequences of Covid-19.

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