Mouth lesions found in COVID-19 patients

Rash-like mouth lesions may be a new symptom of COVID-19, Spanish researchers suggest.

Mouth lesions found in COVID-19 patients

Rash-like mouth lesions may be a new symptom of COVID-19, Spanish researchers suggest.

Health experts examined the mouths of 21 patients with COVID-19 at Ramon y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid who had rashes on their skin to determine if they had enanthem - a rash inside the body on the mucous membrane.

The study's findings - published in JAMA Dermatology - found six of the patients with skin rash had some form of enanthem in their mouths.

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The patients were aged between 40 and 69. Four of the six were female.

"This work describes preliminary observations and is limited by the small number of cases and the absence of a control group," researchers wrote in the study.

"Despite the increasing reports of skin rashes in patients with COVID-19, establishing an etiological diagnosis is challenging. However, the presence of enanthem is a strong clue that suggests a viral etiology rather than a drug reaction, especially when a petechial pattern is observed," the study said.

Due to safety concerns around coronavirus infections, many patients suspected or known to have COVID-19 do not have their mouths examined, researchers noted.

The study said enanthems were previously found in some Italian COVID-19 patients.

The mouth lesions join a growing list of strange coronavirus symptoms detected by health experts.

They include disturbance in mental functioning, clumsiness, loss of taste and smell and migraine.

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Source : 9 News