Russian scientists have suggested that coronavirus infection increases the likelihood of appendicitis inflammation. Increased immune system activity as well as vascular deterioration after the disease may contribute to this, Izvestia reported.
A team of scientists from Sechenov University, the National Medical Research Center of Radiology, and the Anokhin Research Institute of Normal Physiology studied several dozen children between the ages of two and 18 with a recently removed appendix. They were divided into two groups.
During examination of the appendixes of both groups of children, specialists found signs of acute purulent appendicitis in all specimens. In the first group, SARS-CoV-2 was found in all the examined samples in the appendix tissue. At the same time in the appendix of children with coronavirus infection, the level of the enzyme ACE-2, through which the virus can enter the body, was increased one and a half times compared to the control group.
Earlier, Helen Mkhitaryan, a neurologist at the Russian Gerontological Research and Clinical Center, named a factor increasing the risk of death from COVID-19. According to her, 42 thousand more patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia will die in the world in 2020 than in the last five years. According to the neurologist, this is largely influenced by the coronavirus pandemic. The doctor recalled that Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases most often affect the elderly. For them, the coronavirus is more severe, because it has a strong effect on the peripheral nervous system.