Coronavirus Can Attack and Enlarge This Important Organ, Says New Study

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<p>Each day since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new discoveries from scientists that’ve helped us better <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>understand the novel coronavirus</a>. And while pretty much everyone at this point knows that <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>the lungs and respiratory system are most affected by COVID-19</a>, a recently released study has revealed that another major organ in your body can also be infected by the coronavirus: your thyroid.</p>
<p>According to a study published in <i>The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism</i>, an 18-year-old woman from northern Italy who had recently tested positive for COVID-19 developed the first recorded case of a <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>painful thyroid infection</a> known as thyroiditis that was brought on by the coronavirus. Luckily, doctors were able to completely clear the condition in a week through the use of routine steroid treatment. But the surprising twist in the young woman’s case has once again proven how tricky it has been for medical experts to understand—and effectively treat—this contagious disease.</p>
<p>Many are citing this as yet another strange curveball—along with symptoms such as “<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>COVID toes</a>” and the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>loss of taste and smell</a>—that COVID-19 has thrown at scientists and researchers. But now that doctors have been made aware of the potential link between the novel <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus and thyroiditis</a>, it’ll be easier for physicians to anticipate and treat this complication early.</p>
<p><img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-217080″ src=”″ alt=”Woman getting her thyroid checked by a doctor” width=”1200″ height=”675″ data-recalc-dims=”1″ /></p>
<p>So how can you tell if your <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>COVID-19 symptoms</a> are progressing towards thyroiditis? “If a patient <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>had the virus and presents with new neck pain</a> they should get that evaluated,” <strong>David Hiltzik</strong>, MD, <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>director of head and neck surgery</a> at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City, told WebMD. Other experts recommend that patients who have tested positive for the virus <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>should report any sudden fever</a>, body aches, fatigue, or loss of appetite to their physicians immediately.</p>
<p>Despite this recent complication, doctors aren’t overly worried about the impact this can ultimately have on coronavirus patients. “Thankfully, thyroiditis can easily be treated and should not be of great concern,” said Hiltzik. And for more ways to keep yourself safe during the pandemic, check out how <a href=””>80 Percent of Coronavirus Cases Can Be Traced Back to This One Thing</a>.</p>

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