Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (9): 5186-5188

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202005_21217

SARS-CoV-2 identification in lungs, heart and kidney specimens by transmission and scanning electron microscopy

M. Pesaresi, F. Pirani, A. Tagliabracci, M. Valsecchi, A.D. Procopio, F.P. Busardò, L. Graciotti

Department of Excellence of Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, University “Politecnica delle Marche” of Ancona, Ancona, Italy. fra.busardo@libero.it


From two COVID-19-related deaths, samples of lung, heart and kidney were collected and processed for Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy (TEM and SEM) with the aim of identifying the virus.

Virions of SARS-CoV-2 were found in all tissues by TEM and SEM, corroborating the hypothesis that the virus enters the cells of different organs. This is the first report identifying SARS-CoV-2 in different human tissues by TEM and SEM.

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M. Pesaresi, F. Pirani, A. Tagliabracci, M. Valsecchi, A.D. Procopio, F.P. Busardò, L. Graciotti
SARS-CoV-2 identification in lungs, heart and kidney specimens by transmission and scanning electron microscopy

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 9
Pages: 5186-5188
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202005_21217