‘Restless anal syndrome’ has been linked to coronavirus for the first time

A coronavirus patient has been diagnosed with restless anal syndrome which causes him constant discomfort.

Doctors in Japan say a 77-year-old man has been struck down by the unpleasant condition since suffering a mild case of Covid-19.

It is thought to be the first time 'restless anal syndrome' has been reported as a symptom of the killer virus.

The elderly man who has not been named, was being treated at Tokyo Medical University Hospital when he started to complain of insomnia and anxiety.

He then 'began to experience restless' and 'deep anal discomfort', doctors say.

A report by Dr Itaru Nakamura in BMC Infectious Diseases said: "Before affecting Covid-19, he had never experienced anal restless and discomfort."

"Several weeks after discharge, he gradually began to experience restless, deep anal discomfort, approximately 10cm from the perineal region."

When the patient stopped moving, the problem became even more unbearable, LadBible reports.

The report continued: "The following features were observed in the anal region; urge to move is essential, with worsening with rest, improvement with exercise, and worsening at evening.

"Neurological findings including deep tendon reflex, perineum loss of sensory and spinal cord injury, revealed no abnormalities.

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"Exercise such as walking or running… made the symptoms relief [sic], while taking a rest made the symptom worsen."

As a result, doctors reached a diagnosis of resting anal syndrome – a variant of the restless legs syndrome condition.

A fault in the nervous system has been known to cause restless legs syndrome which leaves sufferers with an overwhelming urge to move their legs.

The conclusion read: "We reported a case presenting with restless anal syndrome following affection of Covid-19 as restless legs syndrome variant.

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"This case fulfilled 4 essential features of RLS: urge to move, worsening with rest, improvement with exercise, and worsening at evening.

"To date, no case of restless anal syndrome associated with Covid-19 has been previously published.

"This case report may reflect the associative impacts of Covid-19 on the neuropsychiatric state.

"The long-term outcomes of neuropsychiatric conditions should continue to be monitored."

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