CT shows most COVID lung abnormalities resolve in a year

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

May 10, 2022 -- In 93% of patients hospitalized for moderately severe COVID-19, lung abnormalities resolve by their 12-month CT follow-up exam, according to a study published May 10 in Radiology.

In 78 of 84 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 between March 2020 and July 2021, chest CT scans at 12 months showed complete resolution of lung abnormalities such as ground-glass opacities, consolidation, bronchiectasis/bronchiolectasis, and reticulation, wrote a team led by Dr. Marialuisa Bocchino of Frederico II University of Naples.

"Our results show that residual lung abnormalities on CT are minimal at one year in patients who experienced moderate COVID-19 pneumonia," the group concluded.


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