High plasma viscosity seen in critically ill patients with COVID-19

US doctors went looking for alternative aetiologies after multiple cases of anticoagulation failure

Abnormally high plasma viscosity could be contributing to the thrombotic complications seen in many COVID-19 patients, a report suggests.

coronavirus and red blood cells

In a letter to the Lancet, US doctors describe 15 people with COVID-19 with abnormally viscous blood who were admitted to their intensive care unit.

The doctors said that multiple occurrences of therapeutic anticoagulation failure in patients with COVID-19 had prompted them to search for alternative aetiologies contributing