The coronavirus can linger within the lungs even when swab assessments of the again of the nostril and throat are destructive, medical doctors reported after unknowingly transplanting contaminated lungs right into a affected person who later died of COVID-19.
College of Michigan surgeons obtained the lungs from a deceased donor who had examined destructive for the virus and had reportedly by no means been uncovered to it. Quickly afterward, the transplant recipient and one of many surgeons developed COVID-19.
The group collected a fluid pattern from the affected person’s new lungs and in contrast it to a pattern taken from the lungs instantly after removing from the donor, in addition to to swab samples from the contaminated surgeon. Genetic analyses confirmed the affected person and surgeon had each acquired virus from the donor lungs, the medical doctors reported within the American Journal ofTransplantation.
The surgeon had worn solely a surgical masks when getting ready the lungs for transplant, quite than full private protecting tools, as a result of each donor and recipient had examined destructive.
Potential lung transplant donors ought to all have specimens collected from deep inside the lungs to be examined for the coronavirus, the report’s co-author Dr. Daniel Kaul stated. The virus is much less more likely to be transmitted by different donated organs, reminiscent of liver or kidneys, he stated.
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