Examination of clinical conditions and chest CT images of Covid-19 cases in Turkey; single center study
Background: In this study, we aim to study the clinical features and chest CT findings of the patients, COVID-19 diagnosis of which are verified.
Methods: This retrospective study was conducted on RT-PCR (+) COVID-19 patients who were examined in our hospital's emergency department between March 11, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
Results: 326 patients were included in this retrospective study in total. Of the patients, 53.1% and 46.9% are males and females, respectively. The patients applied to the service with the symptoms of shortness of breath at the rate of 21.8% and cough at the rate of 20.6%. The study found that the most frequent abnormal CT finding is ground glass opacity at the rate of 26.7% and it is followed by atelectasis at the rate of 12.3%. Patients in the> 65 age group and patients with COPD comorbidities have significantly higher rates of admission to the intensive care unit.
Conclusions: The most frequent findings in examination of pathological chest CT findings are ground glass opacity. The rate of length of intensive care unit stay and mortality is significantly higher in the patients above 65 years old compared to those below 65 years old.
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Chest CT; Ground Glass Opacity; Dyspnea; Cough
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