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Could LUTS be Early Symptoms of COVID-19
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  • Yeliz Kaya,
  • Coskun Kaya,
  • Tugba Kartal,
  • Tugba Tahta,
  • Yavuz Tokgöz
Yeliz Kaya
, Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Health Sciences,
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Coskun Kaya
Eskisehir City Hospital, Department of Urology
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Tugba Kartal
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Tugba Tahta
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Yavuz Tokgöz
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Aim: To show if lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) could be symptoms of COVID-19 with validated questionnaires. Methods: The 96 COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized at a tertiary center were collected retrospectively. After the exclusion criteria, 46 patients were consisted as the study population. The male and female patients then fill formed the International Prostate Symptom Score and Urinary Symptom Profile respectively. All patients responded to these questions for the three period. Results: 27 female (58.6 %) and 19 male (41.4 %) COVID-19 patients answered the questions In the male patients, while there were no statistically significant differences in the total IPSS, the voiding IPSS score, and quality of life between the three periods (p=0.148; p=0.933, p=0.079, respectively), the storage IPSS scores had a significant difference between the three periods (p=0.05). In the female patients, low stream scores, were similar between the three periods (p=0.368). The scores of stress incontinence and an overactive bladder had a significant difference between the three periods (p=0.05 and p=0.05). Conclusion: LUTS, especially storage symptoms, might be one of the initial symptoms of COVID-19 and the clinicians should evaluate LUTS with other known symptoms of the virus when a patient is suspected of having COVID-19.

Peer review status:Published

27 Oct 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
29 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
29 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
29 Oct 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
02 Nov 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
16 Nov 2020Editorial Decision: Accept
22 Nov 2020Published in International Journal of Clinical Practice. 10.1111/ijcp.13850