Background: Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic affecting over 150 million people worldwide since its emergence in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and is leading to over 600 thousand deaths . Severe acute respiratory syndrome novel coronavirus 2 (SARS-nCoV-2) causes a wide range of symptoms by affecting different organ systems of the body . This study was designed to specifically look for its rheumatological manifestations .
Methods: It was a cross-sectional study conducted in the corona complex MTI Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar . A total of 141 COVID-19 positive hospitalized patients requiring oxygen therapy and having no previous rheumatological diseases were enrolled and studied for any rheumatological manifestations .
Results: There were 88 (62.4 %) males and 53 (37.6 %) females, with age range from 27-88 years, and mean age of 58.5±11.5 SD . Arthralgia and myalgia were found very common, occurring in 128 (90.8 %) and 119 (84.4 %) of patients . Arthritis was not found in any patient . Conclusion: Arthralgia and myalgia were reported frequently in patients with severe COVID-19 requiring oxygen therapy, while arthritis was not present even in a single patient as is reported in other viral infections.
Index: Arthralgia, Arthritis; COVID-19; Myalgia, Rheumatological Manifestations