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Radiological Images Confirm ‘COVID-19 Can Cause the Body to Attack Itself'

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Muscle soreness and achy joints are common symptoms among COVID-19 patients. But for some people, symptoms are more severe, long lasting, and even bizarre, including rheumatoid arthritis flares, autoimmune myositis, or “COVID toes.” 

A new Northwestern Medicine study has, for the first time, confirmed and illustrated the causes of these symptoms through radiological imaging.

“We’ve realized that the COVID virus can trigger the body to attack itself in different ways, which may lead to rheumatological issues that require lifelong management,” said corresponding author Dr. Swati Deshmukh.

The paper was published Feb. 17 in the journal Skeletal ...