AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria warns against going for CT scan in mild Covid cases, says it may do more harm than good | India News

NEW DELHI: The AIIMS chief on Monday warned towards dashing for CT scan in circumstances of gentle Covid-19, saying it has negative effects and might find yourself doing extra hurt than good.
Stressing that there isn’t any want for doing CT scans in gentle Covid circumstances, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria at a press convention stated that many individuals are choosing the check the second they discover out they’re optimistic for Covid-19 and added that misuse of CT scans and biomarkers might trigger harm.
“One CT scan is equal to 300 to 400 chest x-rays. Based on knowledge, repeated CT scans in youthful age teams improve the chance of most cancers in later life. Exposing your self to radiation many times might trigger harm. So, there isn’t any level in doing CT scan in gentle Covid-19 if the oxygen saturation is regular,” Guleria stated.
Even in gentle sickness and in accordance with a research, even in asymptomatic circumstances, a CT scan might present patches which go away on their very own with out remedy, he stated.
He suggested that CT scans ought to be finished in circumstances of average illness, when hospitalised. “And if there’s a doubt, one ought to go for a chest x-ray,” he stated.
Guleria additional stated that a number of blood exams for biomarkers are additionally not wanted in gentle sickness or in house isolation if the oxygen saturation is ok, fever is just not excessive and there are not any different signs.
“As this can trigger panic. These biomarkers are acute section reactants they usually improve even when there’s some regular damage and toothache, it doesn’t present that the Covid-19 illness has turn out to be extreme. This causes extra harm. Reliance on these exams can result in over remedy,” he stated.
He stated that medical administration tips are clear that individuals with gentle sickness want no medication. Primarily based on restricted knowledge, one can take ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine however there isn’t any have to take too many medicines, he suggested.
“Some sufferers take steroids within the early a part of the illness which will increase viral replication. Taking excessive dose steroids in gentle circumstances might result in extreme viral pneumonia. Steroids ought to be taken in average stage and as suggested by medical doctors,” he stated.
Falling oxygen saturation (under 93), extreme fatigue or chest ache are warning indicators indicating {that a} affected person in house isolation may have hospitalisation. Thus, such sufferers ought to keep in contact with a physician and high-risk group individuals having comorbidities additionally have to take particular care, he stated.
Guleria additional stated that in average diseases three forms of remedy –oxygen remedy, steroids and anticoagulants — are efficient and are the primary remedy technique.
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