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Mumbai: Covid-induced clots now causing near-fatal gangrene in Intestine

Jul 05, 2021

Article in THE TIMES OF INDIA

Sunil Gavali is one recent case treated at Holy Spirit Hospital, in which doctors detected a Covid-induced clot in the intestine. The 58-year-old had come to the emergency ward with severe abdominal pain after a meal. The man, an OT staffer at the same hospital, was vaccinated with both doses of Covishield, and there were no usual Covid red flags. When Gavali’s pain didn’t subside with medications, doctors did a CT scan which showed multiple clots in the main artery supplying blood to the intestine, called mesenteric superior.

Vascular surgeon Dr Aniruddha Bhuiyan said there was no time to spare as the clot had led to intestinal gangrene, which if not treated immediately, could become fatal. The surgeon dissolved the clot and cleared it, reversing the gangrene and avoiding a surgery of the intestine that could have been debilitating. “It was my tenth case in the past 8-9 months where Covid and intestinal clot have presented together,” he said, adding that in several cases, patients didn’t come with the typical respiratory signs. “Stomach pain was their only complaint,” he said, adding that Gavali had subsequently tested positive for Covid.

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