Coronavirus: is the disease responsible for an autoimmune disorder?

The coronavirus pandemic has kept people worried all over the world in recent years. But even though the virus has become part of everyday life for many, there are still unanswered questions, some of which are being investigated in studies.

Corona Virus consequences
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Corona Virus consequences

Since 2019, the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has kept people worried around the world on. A total of 676 million cases and 6.8 million deaths have been recorded since the start of the pandemic as reported by Heute Magazine.

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But even though the virus has now become part of everyday life and many people have learned to deal with it, it continues to make headlines - for example with new mutations or the introduction of new vaccines and some unwanted consequences.

An unexpected consequence

Research is still being carried out into the after-effects of the virus. For example, COVID-19 is associated with the occurrence of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatism.

One of the diseases that is being examined more closely in this context is the autoimmune disease Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV) - a skin disease in which fluid-filled blisters develop on the skin, according to reports from the Techniker Krankenkasse health insurance company. If these burst, painful areas of skin remain, for example in the mouth and genital area or on the back. The disease progresses in phases and can be fatal if left untreated.

A more detailed look

As Heute magazine reports, a medical review has now suggestedthat there may indeed be a link between COVID-19 disease and subsequent PV disease.

The study examined the course of the disease in four patients. PV occurred in them a few months after contracting the coronavirus. Antibodies were also found in them that attack the cell structure of the epidermis in the event of PV and lead to the unpleasant blistering. It remains to be seen whether further research will be available soon.

This article has been translated from Gentside DE

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Sources used:

Today: Pemphigus vulgaris: New cases of autoimmune disease after corona infection

Techniker Krankenkasse: What is pemphigus vulgaris?

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