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Foot MRI - northwestern medicine, journal Skeletal Radiology
Foot MRI - northwestern medicine, journal Skeletal Radiology
Foot MRI - northwestern medicine, journal Skeletal

Researchers are working hard to understand why some people suffer common symptoms of Covid-19 - such as a persistent cough, muscle soreness and achy joints - while others experience more severe and long-lasting symptoms, including "Covid toes" and rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups.

The findings of a new Northwestern Medicine (in Illinois, USA) study have brought us a step closer to better understanding these factors. 

Using radiological imaging, the researchers have confirmed the causes of these symptoms: the virus can trigger the body to attack itself in various ways. This attacks may then lead to rheumatological issues that require lifelong management, explained co-author, Dr Swati Deshmukh, an assistant professor of musculoskeletal radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a news release by the health network. 

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