Medics find coronavirus in the lungs of Iranian woman, 30, even though she had no symptoms of the deadly virus
- Medics in Tehran discovered the coronavirus in the lungs of a woman, 30
- She did not display symptoms of the disease but demanded a CT scan to check
- Doctors say it is being ‘increasingly recognised’ that Covid-19 can be traced in the lungs where people do not present typical symptoms
- Iran has reported more than 80,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Medics discovered the coronavirus in the lungs of a 30-year-old woman who did not display symptoms days after one of her relatives died with Covid-19.
The patient was given a chest scan by radiologists in Iran, who discovered patches on her lungs typical of coronavirus-triggered pneumonia.
Her CT scan was uploaded to an Australian-based medical website, Radiopaedia.org, by Dr Bahman Rasuli, a radiologist living in Tehran.
Dr Rasuli said patients would not normally be given a CT scan immediately, but that the team – working from home – made an exception to her.
The patient was given a chest scan by radiologists in Iran, who discovered patches on her lungs typical of coronavirus-triggered pneumonia (pictured)
‘The physician saw her worry about the person who died and we just did the CT scan to relieve her mind,’ Dr Rasuli said. ‘She insisted on taking a CT scan because she was very worried’
Dr Bahman Rasuli, a radiologist from Tehran
‘The physician saw her worry about the person who died and we just did the CT scan to relieve her mind,’ he told ABC News. ‘She insisted on taking a CT scan because she was very worried.’
The discovery of the coronavirus in lungs where patients do not present symptoms is being ‘increasingly recognised’ by health professionals around the world since the pandemic spread out of China.
Dr Andrew Dixon, a radiologist at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, told ABC News: ‘It’s something that’s being increasingly recognised… that people can have Covid-19 changes in their lungs and be asymptomatic.’
‘This is something that’s really important for health care professionals and radiologists to be aware of, because we may incidentally find cases of pneumonia on the scans that we’re performing for other reasons,’ he added.
Iran was slow to respond to the pandemic and held off on imposing restrictions even after other countries in the region with fewer cases forced most businesses to close.
The discovery of the coronavirus in lungs where patients are asymptomatic is being ‘increasingly recognised’ by professionals since the pandemic spread out of China
The WHO said that over 2.2million people worldwide have been infected with Covid-19
Iranians, some wearing protective gear amid the coronavirus pandemic, shop on a street by the Grand Bazaar market in Tehran. The bazaar will remain closed (April 18, 2020)
Tehran has reported more than 80,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths.
Some businesses in the capital and nearby towns are allowed to re-open today after weeks of lockdown aimed at containing the worst outbreak in the Middle East.
Gyms, restaurants, shopping centres, shrines, mosques, and Tehran’s grand bazaar will remain closed. A ban on public gatherings remains in place.
Government offices have reopened with a third of employees working from home, and schools and universities are still closed.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 2.2million people worldwide and more than 150,000 deaths have been recorded to date.
Iran was slow to respond to the pandemic and held off on imposing restrictions even after other countries forced businesses to close (pictured, shoppers at a bazaar, April 18)