RT-PCR negative COVID19,A Cochin Experience

Dr.Fathahudeen
In our experience at Government Medical College Ernakulam, we have come across patients with typical radiological features of COVID-19 but the RTPCR is negative. They have classical CT chest findings, clinical features and viral blood picture. Therefore, just as we make a diagnosis of Smear negative pulmonary Tuberculosis, we should be aware of the entity RTPCR negative COVID-19. RTPCR could be negative due to many reasons. If we fail to acknowledge this entity, we might miss the diagnosis on several cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Prof. A. Fathahudeen, Head of Pulmonology, GMC Ernakulam

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RT-PCR could be occasionally negative in COVID19; CT scan will help diagnose select cases

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Tags: Critical Care, General Practice / Family Medicine, Pulmonary, Infectious Disease