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Pathologist found blood clots in ‘almost every organ' during autopsies on COVID-19 patients

Posted On: Jul 10, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

Pathologist found blood clots in ‘almost every organ' during autopsies on COVID-19 patients

Autopsies on people who died of the coronavirus are helping doctors understand how the disease affects the body - and one of the most remarkable findings concerned blood clotting, a pathologist says.
Dr. Amy Rapkiewicz, chairman of the department of pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, discussed her findings with CNN Thursday night.
Some COVID-19 patients are known to develop blood clotting issues, but the degree and the extent to which that occurs was described as “dramatic” by Rapkiewicz.
In the early stages of the pandemic, bedside clinicians noticed a lot of blood clotting “in lines and various large vessels,” she said.
“What we saw at autopsy was sort of an extension of that,” she said. “The clotting was not only in the large vessels but also in the smaller vessels.
“And this was dramatic, because though we might have expected it in the lungs, we found it in almost every organ that we looked at in our autopsy study,” she said. Rapkiewicz's study outlining her findings was published at the end of...

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