Some patients who have passed Covid-19 are developing macroglossia, a condition that causes your tongue expands permanently so much so that they can’t talk or eat.

The doctor James Melville, one of the main investigators of the condition, knows at least nine cases in which a patient with Covid-19 developed this condition.

“Actually, it is a relatively common condition, but not to the degree of these patients. Those are the ones we consider massive or giant macroglossia and they are extremely rare, “Melville said.

One of the patients he treated, Anthony Jones, woke up after surviving a critical case of Covid-19, which left it hooked up to a fan, with the tongue swollen to several times its normal size.

The patient, talking to his surgeons before the operation.

He has finally recovered, but Dr. Melville and other doctors remain puzzled as to what could cause the rare complication. Melville treated the first two cases of Covid-related macroglossia early in the pandemic, last year.

There have been seven new cases of the Covid-19-related condition since then, each of which is the massive and rare version of the condition. One case was that of Anthony Jones, a Houston, Texas, man who developed the condition after being hospitalized with the virus.

Jones had to use a ventilator, and when he woke up after treatment, his tongue was so swollen that he could not speak or eat. Jones’s doctors turned him on his stomach to relieve some of the strain on his lungs, but that only made his tongue worse.

Dr. Melville had to perform surgery to reduce the enormous size of Jones’s tongue and relieve inflammation. The operation was a success, but how it came about is still unknown. However, Melville has some guesses as to how it happens.

You think the inflammation is due to the same reasons that other body organs A person’s can become inflamed and swollen after contracting the virus.

Melville is working to find what other factors combine with Covid-19 to cause tongue swelling. Typical causes of macroglossia include strokes and lying on your stomach for a long time, as Jones was when he was in the hospital.

Eight of the nine patients who developed the condition they were black, leading him to believe that breed may be involved, specifically angioedema, a condition in which parts of a person’s body can begin to swell due to an allergic reaction or hereditary causes.

Macroglossia caused by Covid-19 does not go away naturally on its own and requires specialist treatment. Some patients have needed a tube in the stomach to eat, as they could not eat food with the condition. Jones is expected to make a full and gradual recovery you may regain your ability to speak over time.


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