We conducted this cross sectional study to explore the relation between COVID-19 andfrequency of musculoskeletal manifestations andmay be a possible cause of rheumatoid arthritisas one of the autoimmune diseases.
COVID-19 has the capability to trigger the immune response and induce cytokines release that is directly linked to musculoskeletal pain initiation, besides fever and cough.
A cross sectional study was conducted among a number of 120 critically hospitalized Egyptian patients and home isolated patients proved positive for COVID-19 tested with RT-PCR aged 20 to 70 years. These patients were drown randomly in the period of March, 2020 to July, 2020. Clinical assessments were done by taking of sociodemographic data, assessment musculoskeletal system and severity of COVID symptoms. Data were analysed using SPSS
The characteristic features of patients with COVID-19 were fever (48.3%), fatigue (80.8%), myalgia (72%) and arthralgia (60%). Some patients developed peripheral neuritis (54%), neck pain which was found in 40.0% of patients, Guillain-Barré (31.7%), back pain (29%) and rheumatoid arthritis (24.2%).
COVID-19 may be manifested by musculoskeletal manifestation and RA as one of the autoimmune diseases.
Shaaban, Soha Sayed and Elfert, Ashraf Yousif
"Musculoskeletal Manifestations of COVID-19: A Cross Sectional Study in Egyptian Patients,"
Menoufia Medical Journal: Vol. 36:
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