As we write this, the number of positive coronavirus cases has reached the 19 million mark and more than 7,11,200 people have succumbed to the highly infectious disease. While scientists and researchers around the world are working around the clock to develop a cure for COVID-19, accelerated efforts are also underway to learn more about the complicated symptoms of the disease for a timely diagnosis.
Unusual Symptoms of COVID-19
It should be noted that, while the previous fever, dry cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath were considered hallmarks of COVID-19, in recent months it has become increasingly apparent that the disease presents in novel and sometimes completely strange ways. While some of the clinical features of the new coronavirus are similar to other respiratory diseases, it also causes unusual symptoms including loss of taste and smell (without nasal congestion), eye problems, skin rashes, mild gastrointestinal problems, and even dizziness in some patients. .
Another Extremely Unusual Symptom of COVID-19 – A Case Study
With nearly 19 million cases worldwide, it has been established that the new coronavirus can affect the entire body, from head to toe, in unpredictable and never-before-seen ways. A study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine points to a novel symptom of COVID-19, which can be considered the first sign of the disease: persistent hiccups.
For the study, doctors from Cook County Health, USA, produced the case report of a 62-year-old man who went to the hospital emergency department after suffering persistent hiccups for four days. Persistent hiccups are also known as hiccups. The patient had no history of lung disease and had lost approximately 11 kilos in the past four months, without even trying.
The patient had no symptoms of new coronavirus
The patient was admitted to the hospital with a persistent four-day history of hiccups and had no tell-tale symptoms of the new coronavirus. His physical exam didn’t reveal much either, as on the day of admission, his temperature was 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit but there was no nasal congestion, sore throat, chest pain, or even shortness of breath.
Abnormalities in the lungs highlighted by X-rays
After doctors performed an X-ray to understand the cause of the persistent hiccups, they found abnormal ground-glass-like opacities in both lungs. These abnormalities appeared as hazy areas in his lungs and signified some type of lung damage, inflammation, or bleeding according to Bruce Y. Lee, MD, professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York School of the Public. (CUNY) Cheers.
Judging by the X-ray findings, the doctors performed a CT scan that confirmed the inflammation of the lungs, which may have triggered the hiccups. The patient was admitted to the COVID-19 unit after doctors decided to test him for the new coronavirus. When he was admitted, he developed a fever of 101.1 degrees Fahrenheit and his heart rate also increased. According to the case report, just after a day of admission, the patient also tested positive for COVID-19.
Take away food
The researchers noted that his persistent hiccups were linked to the coronavirus, even though gradual weight loss seemed to have no connection to the disease. They wrote: “As far as we know, this is the first case report of persistent hiccups as the filing complaint in a positive COVID-19 patient in emergency medicine literature. It emphasizes the importance of a detailed evaluation in those who have hiccups, at least taking a complete history, a physical exam, getting basic laboratory work, and getting a chest x-ray. “