Israeli study: COVID damages the placenta

Israeli study: COVID damages the placenta

Israeli researchers have identified a possible reason why coronavirus is twice as likely to cause stillbirth. This is reported by Aruts Sheva.

The study, which focused on women facing stillbirth after contracting COVID, was led by Professor Eran Barzilai from Assuta Hospital. Scientists studied the following parameters: pathological samples of the placenta, the results of PCR tests of the mother, fetus, placenta.

It turned out that in all cases of stillbirth there was significant damage to the tissue of the placenta.

As a result the researchers concluded that the cause of intrauterine fetal death was damage to the placenta by coronavirus, which interfered with the transfer of oxygen and other vital substances from mother to baby.

“Research has already shown that in a woman with coronavirus, the probability of having a still baby is twice as high as that of a woman who does not have COVID. In our study, we tried to find the cause of this phenomenon. We found that coronavirus can infect the fetus and the placenta, causing significant damage to the tissue of the placenta. It seems that this is the reason more high intrauterine mortality, '' Eran Barzilai commented on the results of the study.

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