Suara.com – Recurrences of autoimmune diseases are similar to symptoms of Covid-19 infection. Therefore, it is difficult to distinguish the symptoms between the two diseases.
Internal medicine specialist dr. RM Suryo Anggoro. Sp. PD-KR., Said that one of the similar symptoms between the two diseases is fever.
“Symptoms of Covid-19 can resemble autoimmune symptoms such as fever. I have an RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) patient who has a fever, his body is all sick, chills, like the first time he had RA. But after being examined it turns out he is infected with Covid-19. This means that sometimes it is difficult. if only from symptoms, “Suryo explained in a virtual webinar from the ICTEC RSCM-FKUI, Wednesday (13/1/2021).
Not only common symptoms, autoimmune diseases that attack the lungs as well as CT-scans similar to those of Covid-19 patients, continued Doctor Suryo.
“It is also more difficult to detect. There are several autoimmune diseases that have lung inflammation, come with complaints of tightness, CT-scans are similar to covid inflammation,” he said.
So, the diagnosis of Covid-19 in autoimmune patients must be done in more detail. According to doctor Suryo, who can distinguish and confirm positive autoimmune patients with Covid-19 is only by examining through the PCR test.
When an autoimmune person has a fever and goes to the hospital, the doctor will first evaluate the autoimmune disease to check for a recurrence.
“Followed by an evaluation of the signs of Covid-19,” said Doctor Suryo.
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