Study: COVID-19 May Reduce the Volume of the Gray Matter

According to a small study, led by the researchers from Georgia State University in Atlanta, patients who require oxygen therapy for COVID-19 have a lower volume of gray matter in the frontal lobe of the brain compared with patients who do not require supplemental oxygen.Study COVID-19 May Reduce the Volume of the Gray Matter

For the study, the scientists analyzed the CT scans of 120 patients undergoing evaluations for neurological symptoms at a specialist hospital in Brescia, Italy. They assessed the amount of gray matter in the outer layer or cortex of the patients’ brains.

The analysis showed no significant differences in gray matter volume between the two groups, which were matched by age, gender, and other diseases. However, the researchers did notice differences among the patients with COVID-19: patients who needed oxygen therapy had reduced gray matter in the frontal lobes of their brain than those who did not.

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