Rectal Bleeding Reported In 5 Covid-19 Patients In Delhi, On
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Patients with Cytomegalovirus have complained of bleeding in stools and abdominal pain. The cases have emerged in the second wave of infections this year One of the patients has succumbed to massive bleeding and Covid chest disease, officials from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said.

In a first such post Covid-19 complication in India, five cases of Cytomegalovirus (CVM) related rectal bleeding in patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have been reported from Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on June 29. Patients with Cytomegalovirus have complained of bleeding in stools and abdominal pain, officials said.

"During the second wave of the Covid-19 in April-May 2021, we have seen five cases of CMV infection in otherwise immunocompetent patients with Covid-19. These patients presented with pain abdomen and bleeding in stools with a mean of 20 to 30 days after the diagnosis of Covid-19," a statement released by the hospital read. None of them had other predisposing immunosuppressed states accounting for this viral infection, the statement added.

The cases have been seen in the age group of 30-70 years from Delhi-NCR. Four patients have complained of lower gastrointestinal bleed which is bleeding in stools and one patient presented with intestinal obstruction. Of the five patients, two reported massive bleed, with one requiring emergency life-saving surgery in which the side of the colon has been removed.

Three patients have been successfully treated with antiviral therapy with ganciclovir. The officials explained that Covid infection itself and the medicines used for its treatment (Steroids) do suppress the immunity of patients and make them susceptible to uncommon infections with varied presentations. One such opportunistic infection is (CMV) virus.