Unusual Case Of Long Covid Patient's Blue Legs Linked To Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction
A recent study in The Lancet described a unique case of a 33-year-old man with long Covid whose legs turned blue after standing for 10 minutes. The condition, known as acrocyanosis, is caused by blood pooling in leg veins. The University of Leeds researchers found that the patient's legs turned increasingly blue over time, with visible veins, heaviness, and itching. The discoloration and symptoms were triggered by his Covid-19 infection.
Following diagnosis, the patient had postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which causes abnormal heart rate increases upon standing. Long Covid, occurring four or more weeks after initial Covid-19 infection, presents varying symptoms, including fatigue, brain fog, depression, and anxiety.
The study emphasized the need for awareness about acrocyanosis as a long Covid symptom linked to autonomic nervous system dysfunction.
The research showed that dysautonomia, common in long Covid and associated with POTS, also occurs in conditions like Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The findings underscored the necessity for clinicians to recognize these symptoms and provide appropriate management.
The study's author, Manoj Sivan, stressed the importance of raising awareness about dysautonomia in long Covid, helping healthcare professionals better support affected patients.