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COVID-19 and the endothelium

: Jung, Friedrich; Krüger-Genge, Anne; Franke, Ralf-Peter; Hufert, Frank; Küpper, J.-H.

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Clinical hemorheology and microcirculation 75 (2020), No.1, pp.7-11
ISSN: 1386-0291
ISSN: 1875-8622
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IAP ()

There is growing evidence that COVID-19 not only affects the lungs but beyond that the endothelial system. Recent studies showed that this can lead to microcirculatory impairments and in consequence to functional disorders of all inner organs. The combination of endothelial dysfunction with a generalized inflammatory state and complement elements may together contribute to the overall pro-coagulative state described in COVID-19 patients leading to venular as well as to arteriolar occlusions.