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Chest Computed Tomography Findings in Asymptomatic Patients with COVID-19

Authors
  • Chang, Min Cheol
  • Lee, Wonho
  • Hur, Jian
  • Park, Donghwi
Type
Published Article
Journal
Respiration
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Sep 07, 2020
Volume
99
Issue
9
Pages
748–754
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000509334
PMID: 32894853
Source
Karger
Keywords
License
Green
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Abstract

Background: Little is known about the damage to the respiratory system in asymptomatic patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Objective: Herein, we evaluate the findings of chest computed tomography (CT) and radiography in patients with COVID-19 who were asymptomatic. Methods: We retrospectively investigated patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 but who did not show any symptoms. Among the 139 patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalized in Yeungnam University Hopistal in Daegu, South Korea, 10 (7.2%) were asymptomatic. Their chest CT and radiographic findings were analyzed. Results: In the results, all patients (100%) had ground-glass opacity (GGO) on chest CT. Further, the GGO lesions were predominantly distributed peripherally and posteriorly in all patients. In 9 (90%) patients, the GGO lesions were combined with reticular opacity. Air bronchogram due to bronchiolectasis surrounded by GGO was observed in 8 patients (80%). Additionally, the lung lesions were dominant on the right side in all patients. Conclusions: In conclusion, considering our results that the lung is affected in asymptomatic patients, it will be necessary to extend the indications of COVID-19 testing for effective management of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

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