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COVID-19 can be seen on CT scans outside the chest

These findings may well change how future screening for COVID-19 infections is conducted.

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“The study results suggest that radiologists must keep in mind that patients with COVID-19 can initially present with symptoms other than respiratory ones but still have the disease, wrote a team led by Dr. Rydhwana Hossain of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.”

“In addition to pulmonary manifestations, patients with COVID-19 may present with … neurological and gastrointestinal symptoms,” the team wrote. “Patients who present solely with gastrointestinal symptoms are more likely to be undiagnosed [for COVID-19] and remain in their community posing a continued infectious risk.”

“Patients who come to the emergency room because of gastrointestinal or neurological symptoms but who are not known to be positive for COVID-19 may undergo CT imaging that includes portions of the lung, the team noted. Hossain and colleagues investigated cases from 119 patients who had nonrespiratory CT for gastrointestinal or neurological symptoms and were noted to have findings suspicious for COVID-19.”

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