COVID-19 May Result in Production of Clot-causing Autoantibodies

According to new research, led by a team of scientists from the University of Michigan, USA, COVID-19 may trigger the production of clot-causing autoantibodies and this may explain the high rate of blood clots in patients diagnosed with the disease.COVID-19 May Result in Production of Clot-causing Autoantibodies

The researchers found that more than half of the samples taken from the patients contained antiphospholipid (aPL) autoantibodies, using the threshold recommended by the test’s manufacturer. They also found evidence that the antibodies could cause blood clots in COVID-19 patients.

Co-author Dr. Yogendra Kanthi, a cardiologist and specialist in vascular medicine at the University of Michigan comments the study: "Antibodies from patients with active COVID-19 infection created a striking amount of clotting in animals — some of the worst clottings we’ve ever seen."

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