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Re: Long Term Effects of COVID-19
« Reply #285 on: Yesterday at 10:41:27 AM »
The main difference in how prevalent this is as a Covid outcome is in deciding whether or not to take a biopsy, since the procedure is kind of brain surgery. If we knew the odds of it being caused by Covid are high, we could possibly hope for that and push off the biopsy intended to diagnose the worse explanations.
It's well-known that Covid can cause neurological problems, but that doesn't mean that every neurological problem that develops during Covid-times is necessarily due to Covid.  One would still want to investigate the worse explanations, rather than rely on hope.

I haven't seen any reports of Covid causing cancer, so my guess is that would be unlikely enough not to justify the invasive needle biopsy.
I would guess that they base their decision to biopsy in large part on the expected success of treatment, not just the likelihood that it's Covid-related.  That is, if they think it might be a cancer for which there's a HIGH probability that treatment will be successful if caught early, then they would want to biopsy, even if there's only a LOW probability of it being cancer in the first place.

Let us know what you hear, and may it be good news.

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Re: Long Term Effects of COVID-19
« Reply #286 on: Yesterday at 06:50:31 PM »
It's well-known that Covid can cause neurological problems, but that doesn't mean that every neurological problem that develops during Covid-times is necessarily due to Covid.  One would still want to investigate the worse explanations, rather than rely on hope.
I would guess that they base their decision to biopsy in large part on the expected success of treatment, not just the likelihood that it's Covid-related.  That is, if they think it might be a cancer for which there's a HIGH probability that treatment will be successful if caught early, then they would want to biopsy, even if there's only a LOW probability of it being cancer in the first place.

Let us know what you hear, and may it be good news.

All very true. Unfortunately the reluctance to do the biopsy is exactly because of the reason you mentioned - treatment success rates aren't high. Possibly some experimental program at Duke...

BH biopsy was taken without incident. Hopefully it will continue as smoothly.
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Re: Long Term Effects of COVID-19
« Reply #287 on: Yesterday at 07:17:14 PM »
All very true. Unfortunately the reluctance to do the biopsy is exactly because of the reason you mentioned - treatment success rates aren't high. Possibly some experimental program at Duke...

BH biopsy was taken without incident. Hopefully it will continue as smoothly.
Good to hear that the first step went well.