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Autopsy Findings Of First Covid-19 Patient

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The first autopsy of a Covid-19 patient in Karnataka has revealed presence of the virus in nasal and throat swab samples even 18 hours after death.

Dr Dinesh Rao of Oxford Medical College, who performed the autopsy, said the lungs of the 62-year-old patient were “hard as a leather ball”. The air sacks ruptured and clots in the blood vessels.

“Autopsy of Covid victims helps in understanding the disease progression,” said Rao, who heads the forensic medicine department. The procedure was completed in an hour and 10 minutes on October 10. Meanwhile, the last of the microscopic evidence came on Wednesday.

Rao took five swab samples from the cadaver’s nose, throat, and mouth, lung surface, respiratory passages (trachea, bronchi). And also from the skin on the face and neck. RTPCR tests showed the nose and throat samples were positive for coronavirus. “This means that a Covid patient’s body can be infectious. Most surprisingly, it was negative on the skin.”

The autopsy conducted with the family’s consent. When the patient died, his family members were either in-home isolation or quarantine and could not claim the body. “My findings are unique to the findings seen in autopsy reports from the US and Italy. Rao Says – This result shows the virus strains are different in India.” Rao plans to publish his findings in a peer-reviewed journal.

Compiled by – MK (Editor)

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