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Stem Cell Research & Therapy ; 13(1):1-12, 2022.
Article in English | BioMed Central | ID: covidwho-1957738

ABSTRACT

High morbidity and mortality rates of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it a global health priority. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is one of the most important causes of death in COVID-19 patients. Mesenchymal stem cells have been the subject of many clinical trials for the treatment of ARDS because of their immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative potentials. The aim of this phase I clinical trial was the safety assessment of allogeneic placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells (PL-MSCs) intravenous injection in patients with ARDS induced by COVID-19. We enrolled 20 patients suffering from ARDS caused by COVID-19 who had been admitted to the intensive care unit. PL-MSCs were isolated and propagated using a xeno-free/GMP compliant protocol. Each patient in the treatment group (N = 10) received standard treatment and a single dose of 1 × 106 cells/kg PL-MSCs intravenously. The control groups (N = 10) only received the standard treatment. Clinical signs and laboratory tests were evaluated in all participants at the baseline and during 28 days follow-ups. No adverse events were observed in the PL-MSC group. Mean length of hospitalization, serum oxygen saturation, and other clinical and laboratory parameters were not significantly different in the two groups (p > 0.05). Our results demonstrated that intravenous administration of PL-MSCs in patients with COVID-19 related ARDS is safe and feasible. Further studies whit higher cell doses and repeated injections are needed to evaluate the efficacy of this treatment modality. Trial registration: Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (IRCT);IRCT20200621047859N4. Registered 1 March 2021, https://en.irct.ir/trial/52947 .

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J Med Case Rep ; 16(1): 208, 2022 May 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1869099

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Chronic cough, with a duration of coughing of more than 8 weeks in adults, affects 5-10% of the general population. One of the most common causes of chronic cough is cough-variant asthma, which accounts for approximately one-third of cases. This phenotype of asthma is characterized by extreme sensitivity of the neuronal pathways mediating cough to environmental irritants, which results in an urge to cough. This case is an example of cough-variant asthma presenting with allergic shiners due to her severe cough. CASE PRESENTATION: A 38-year-old Iranian woman, who was well before the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, presented with a nonproductive hacking cough that had begun after excessive use of antiseptic solutions. The only positive finding on physical examination was a reddish-purple rash on and around the eyelids mimicking a heliotrope rash, which had probably evolved due to the severity of the cough. The results of the pulmonary function test were within normal limits. Methacholine challenge test and chest x-ray were both normal. Chest high-resolution computed tomography revealed hyperinflation and tree-in-bud opacities. All other laboratory tests were normal. Because of the reversibility in her pulmonary function test, despite normal baseline parameters, asthma treatment was initiated, resulting in disappearance of the cough and the eye discoloration, being indicative of the correct diagnosis and proper treatment. CONCLUSION: Patients with cough-variant asthma may often have no other classic symptoms of asthma other than cough.


Subject(s)
Asthma , COVID-19 , Cyprinidae , Exanthema , Animals , Asthma/complications , COVID-19/complications , Chronic Disease , Cough/etiology , Exanthema/complications , Female , Humans , Iran
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Iran J Pharm Res ; 21(1): e123947, 2022 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1847596

ABSTRACT

More than a year after the onset of the coronavirus disease pandemic in 2019, the disease remains a major global health issue. During this time, health organizations worldwide have tried to provide integrated treatment guidelines to control coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at different levels. However, due to the novel nature of the disease and the emergence of new variants, medical teams' updating medical information and drug prescribing guidelines should be given special attention. This version is an updated instruction of the National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (NRITLD) in collaboration with a group of specialists from Masih Daneshvari Hospital in Tehran, Iran, which is provided to update the information of caring clinicians for the treatment and care of COVID-19 hospitalized patients.

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Tanaffos ; 19(4): 291-299, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1801409

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Inflammatory mediators are an important component in the pathophysiology of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This study aimed to assess the effects of reducing inflammatory mediators using hemoperfusion (HP) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) on the mortality of patients with COVID-19. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve patients with confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 were included. All patients had acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Patients were divided into three groups, namely, HP, CRRT and HP+CRRT. The primary outcome was mortality and the secondary outcomes were oxygenation and reduction in inflammatory mediators at the end of the study. RESULTS: Patients were not different at baseline in demographics, inflammatory cytokine levels, and the level of acute phase reactants. Half of the patients (3 out of 6) in the HP+CRRT group survived along with the survival of one patient (1 out of 2) in the HP group. All four patients in the CRRT group died. Serum creatinine (SCr), Interleukin-1 (IL1), Interleukin-6 (IL6), Interleukin-8 (IL8), partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2), O2 saturation (O2 sat), and hemodynamic parameters improved over time in HP+CRRT and CRRT groups, but no significant difference was observed in the HP group (All Ps > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Combined HP and CRRT demonstrated the best result in terms of mortality, reduction of inflammatory mediators and oxygenation. Further investigations are needed to explore the role of HP+CRRT in COVID-19 patients.

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Obes Surg ; 32(5): 1689-1700, 2022 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1777795

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Currently, pneumonia caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic. To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment for the disease, and universal access to the vaccine is a serious challenge. Some observational studies have shown that COVID-19 is more common in countries with a high prevalence of obesity and that people with COVID-19 have a higher body mass index. In these studies, obesity increased the risk of disease, as well as its severity and mortality. This study aimed to review the mechanisms that link obesity to COVID-19.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Obesity, Morbid , Humans , Obesity/complications , Obesity/epidemiology , Obesity, Morbid/surgery , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2
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Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin ; : 1-14, 2022 Mar 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1747058

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Early prediction of COVID-19 mortality outcome can decrease expiration risk by alerting healthcare personnel to assure efficient resource allocation and treatment planning. This study introduces a machine learning framework for the prediction of COVID-19 mortality using demographics, vital signs, and laboratory blood tests (complete blood count (CBC), coagulation, kidney, liver, blood gas, and general). 41 features from 244 COVID-19 patients were recorded on the first day of admission. In this study, first, the features in each of the eight categories were investigated. Afterward, features that have an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) above 0.6 and the p-value criterion from the Wilcoxon rank-sum test below 0.005 were used as selected features for further analysis. Then five feature reduction methods, Forward Feature selection, minimum Redundancy Maximum Relevance, Relieff, Linear Discriminant Analysis, and Neighborhood Component Analysis were utilized to select the best combination of features. Finally, seven classifiers frameworks, random forest (RF), support vector machine, logistic regression (LR), K nearest neighbors, Artifical neural network, bagging, and boosting were used to predict the mortality outcome of COVID-19 patients. The results revealed that the combination of features in CBC and then vital signs had the highest mortality classification parameters, respectively. Furthermore, the RF classifier with hierarchical feature selection algorithms via Forward Feature selection had the highest classification power with an accuracy of 92.08 ± 2.56. Therefore, our proposed method can be confidently used as a valuable assistant prognostic tool to sieve patients with high mortality risks.

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Phytother Res ; 36(2): 891-898, 2022 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1694652

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Colchicine has shown clinical benefits in the management of COVID-19 via its anti-inflammatory effect. However, the exact role of colchicine in COVID-19 patients is unknown. The current clinical trial was performed on 202 patients with moderate to severe COVID-19. Patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to receive up to a 3-day course of 0.5 mg colchicine followed by a 12-day course of 1 mg colchicine in combination with standard care or a 15-day course of standard care. Among 202 randomized patients, 153 completed the study and received colchicine/standard care or continued standard care (M age, 54.72 [SD, 15.03] years; 93 [63.1%] men). On day 14, patients in the colchicine/standard care group had significantly higher odds of a better clinical status distribution on chest CT evaluation (p = .048). Based on NYHA classification, the percentage change of dyspnea on day 14 between groups was statistically significant (p = .026), indicating a mean of 31.94% change in the intervention group when compared with 19.95% in the control group. According to this study, colchicine can improve clinical outcomes and reduce pulmonary infiltration in COVID-19 patients if contraindications and precautions are considered and it is prescribed at the right time and in appropriate cases.


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COVID-19 , Colchicine/adverse effects , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Prospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2 , Treatment Outcome
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EuropePMC; 2020.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-316167

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With no effective treatment currently available and maximum preventive measures already in place, more interventions in the clinical field are needed to decrease COVID-19 patient mortality. Early prediction of mortality risk in COVID-19 patients can decrease mortality by assuring efficient resource allocation and treatment planning. This study conducts an early prediction of COVID-19 prognosis using laboratory, clinical, and demographic data collected from patients in the first day of admission. Three machine learning models were developed to investigate and compare the prediction power of invasive and noninvasive biomarkers. The results suggest that early mortality prediction of patients via non-invasive biomarkers provides significant accuracy and can be used as a triage assisting tool without the need for additional costs or waiting time of laboratory tests.

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Iran J Pharm Res ; 20(4): 1-8, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1579471

ABSTRACT

Coronavirus disease -19 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by SARS-CoV-2, has gradually spread worldwide, becoming a major public health event. This situation requires designing a novel antiviral agent against the SARS-CoV-2; however, this is time-consuming and the use of repurposed medicines may be promising. One such medicine is favipiravir, primarily introduced as an anti-influenza agent in east world. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of favipiravir in comparison with lopinavir-ritonavir in SARS-CoV-2 infection. In this randomized clinical trial, 62 patients were recruited. These patients had bilateral pulmonary infiltration with peripheral oxygen saturation lower than 93%. The median time from symptoms onset to intervention initiation was seven days. Favipiravir was not available in the Iranian pharmaceutical market, and it was decided to formulate it at the research laboratory of School of Pharmacy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. The patients received favipiravir tablet at a dose of 1600 mg orally twice a day for day one and then 600 mg orally twice a day for days 2 to 6. In the second group, the patients received lopinavir-ritonavir combination tablet at a dose of 200/50 mg twice a day for seven days. Fever, cough, and dyspnea were improved significantly in favipiravir group in comparison with lopinavir-ritonavir group on days four and five. Mortality rate and ICU stay in both groups were similar, and there was no significant difference in this regard (P = 0.463 and P = 0.286, respectively). Chest X-ray improvement also was not significantly different between the two groups. Adverse drug reactions occurred in both groups, and impaired liver enzymes were the most frequent adverse effect. In conclusion, early administration of oral favipiravir may reduce the duration of clinical signs and symptoms in patients with COVID-19 and hospitalization period. The mortality rate also should be investigated in future clinical trials.

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J Res Med Sci ; 26: 80, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1472460
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Int Immunopharmacol ; 99: 108043, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1370550

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, potential therapeutic agents are being evaluated almost every day. Ciclosporin, a calcineurin inhibitor, is characterized by beneficial antiviral and immunomodulatory effects. The present study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of ciclosporin in managing COVID-19. METHODS: This study was a prospective non-controlled clinical trial carried out on 20 patients. Confirmed COVID-19 patients received two doses of ciclosporin (10 mg/kg and 5 mg/kg injections) 24 h apart. Mortality rate and the lengths of intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital stays were assessed for all 20 patients. RESULTS: The mortality rate and the need for mechanical ventilation were calculated as 50%. The percentage of ICU admission was 70%. The lengths of ICU and hospital stays were 8.13 ± 6.81 and 14.25 ± 8.55 days, respectively. The levels of ferritin and white blood cells were significantly higher after injecting the second dose of ciclosporin. Seven patients (35%) had radiologically improved lungs after ciclosporin therapy. CONCLUSION: It seems that the protocol of two doses of ciclosporin in combination with favipiravir does not have favorable effects among COVID-19 patients that do not respond to dexamethasone. Controlled trials are needed to confirm the results.


Subject(s)
Amides/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cyclosporine/therapeutic use , Pyrazines/therapeutic use , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Dexamethasone/therapeutic use , Drug Monitoring , Drug Therapy, Combination , Female , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Prospective Studies , Respiration, Artificial , SARS-CoV-2 , Treatment Outcome , Young Adult
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PLoS One ; 16(7): e0252384, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1295517

ABSTRACT

Early prediction of patient mortality risks during a pandemic can decrease mortality by assuring efficient resource allocation and treatment planning. This study aimed to develop and compare prognosis prediction machine learning models based on invasive laboratory and noninvasive clinical and demographic data from patients' day of admission. Three Support Vector Machine (SVM) models were developed and compared using invasive, non-invasive, and both groups. The results suggested that non-invasive features could provide mortality predictions that are similar to the invasive and roughly on par with the joint model. Feature inspection results from SVM-RFE and sparsity analysis displayed that, compared with the invasive model, the non-invasive model can provide better performances with a fewer number of features, pointing to the presence of high predictive information contents in several non-invasive features, including SPO2, age, and cardiovascular disorders. Furthermore, while the invasive model was able to provide better mortality predictions for the imminent future, non-invasive features displayed better performance for more distant expiration intervals. Early mortality prediction using non-invasive models can give us insights as to where and with whom to intervene. Combined with novel technologies, such as wireless wearable devices, these models can create powerful frameworks for various medical assignments and patient triage.


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COVID-19/mortality , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Support Vector Machine , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Comorbidity , Electronic Health Records , Female , Forecasting , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Models, Theoretical , Risk , Severity of Illness Index , Symptom Assessment , Triage , Young Adult
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Thromb Haemost ; 122(1): 131-141, 2022 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1258614

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Thrombotic complications are considered among the main extrapulmonary manifestations of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The optimal type and duration of prophylactic antithrombotic therapy in these patients remain unknown. METHODS: This article reports the final (90-day) results of the Intermediate versus Standard-dose Prophylactic anticoagulation In cRitically-ill pATIents with COVID-19: An opeN label randomized controlled trial (INSPIRATION) study. Patients with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care were randomized to intermediate-dose versus standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation for 30 days, irrespective of hospital discharge status. The primary efficacy outcome was a composite of adjudicated venous or arterial thrombosis, treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), or all-cause death. The main safety outcome was major bleeding. RESULTS: Of 600 randomized patients, 562 entered the modified intention-to-treat analysis (median age [Q1, Q3]: 62 [50, 71] years; 237 [42.2%] women), of whom 336 (59.8%) survived to hospital discharge. The primary outcome occurred in 132 (47.8%) of patients assigned to intermediate dose and 130 (45.4%) patients assigned to standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.21, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.95-1.55, p = 0.11). Findings were similar for other efficacy outcomes, and in the landmark analysis from days 31 to 90 (HR: 1.59, 95% CI: 0.45-5.06). There were 7 (2.5%) major bleeding events in the intermediate-dose group (including 3 fatal events) and 4 (1.4%) major bleeding events in the standard-dose group (none fatal) (HR: 1.82, 95% CI: 0.53-6.24). CONCLUSION: Intermediate-dose compared with standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation did not reduce a composite of death, treatment with ECMO, or venous or arterial thrombosis at 90-day follow-up.


Subject(s)
Anticoagulants/administration & dosage , COVID-19/drug therapy , Enoxaparin/administration & dosage , SARS-CoV-2 , Thrombosis/prevention & control , Aged , Anticoagulants/adverse effects , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/mortality , Cohort Studies , Critical Care , Dose-Response Relationship, Drug , Enoxaparin/adverse effects , Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation , Female , Hemorrhage/chemically induced , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Iran/epidemiology , Kaplan-Meier Estimate , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Thrombosis/etiology , Thrombosis/mortality
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JAMA ; 325(16): 1620-1630, 2021 04 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1239957

ABSTRACT

Importance: Thrombotic events are commonly reported in critically ill patients with COVID-19. Limited data exist to guide the intensity of antithrombotic prophylaxis. Objective: To evaluate the effects of intermediate-dose vs standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation among patients with COVID-19 admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Design, Setting, and Participants: Multicenter randomized trial with a 2 × 2 factorial design performed in 10 academic centers in Iran comparing intermediate-dose vs standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation (first hypothesis) and statin therapy vs matching placebo (second hypothesis; not reported in this article) among adult patients admitted to the ICU with COVID-19. Patients were recruited between July 29, 2020, and November 19, 2020. The final follow-up date for the 30-day primary outcome was December 19, 2020. Interventions: Intermediate-dose (enoxaparin, 1 mg/kg daily) (n = 276) vs standard prophylactic anticoagulation (enoxaparin, 40 mg daily) (n = 286), with modification according to body weight and creatinine clearance. The assigned treatments were planned to be continued until completion of 30-day follow-up. Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary efficacy outcome was a composite of venous or arterial thrombosis, treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or mortality within 30 days, assessed in randomized patients who met the eligibility criteria and received at least 1 dose of the assigned treatment. Prespecified safety outcomes included major bleeding according to the Bleeding Academic Research Consortium (type 3 or 5 definition), powered for noninferiority (a noninferiority margin of 1.8 based on odds ratio), and severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count <20 ×103/µL). All outcomes were blindly adjudicated. Results: Among 600 randomized patients, 562 (93.7%) were included in the primary analysis (median [interquartile range] age, 62 [50-71] years; 237 [42.2%] women). The primary efficacy outcome occurred in 126 patients (45.7%) in the intermediate-dose group and 126 patients (44.1%) in the standard-dose prophylaxis group (absolute risk difference, 1.5% [95% CI, -6.6% to 9.8%]; odds ratio, 1.06 [95% CI, 0.76-1.48]; P = .70). Major bleeding occurred in 7 patients (2.5%) in the intermediate-dose group and 4 patients (1.4%) in the standard-dose prophylaxis group (risk difference, 1.1% [1-sided 97.5% CI, -∞ to 3.4%]; odds ratio, 1.83 [1-sided 97.5% CI, 0.00-5.93]), not meeting the noninferiority criteria (P for noninferiority >.99). Severe thrombocytopenia occurred only in patients assigned to the intermediate-dose group (6 vs 0 patients; risk difference, 2.2% [95% CI, 0.4%-3.8%]; P = .01). Conclusions and Relevance: Among patients admitted to the ICU with COVID-19, intermediate-dose prophylactic anticoagulation, compared with standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation, did not result in a significant difference in the primary outcome of a composite of adjudicated venous or arterial thrombosis, treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or mortality within 30 days. These results do not support the routine empirical use of intermediate-dose prophylactic anticoagulation in unselected patients admitted to the ICU with COVID-19. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04486508.


Subject(s)
Anticoagulants/administration & dosage , COVID-19/complications , Enoxaparin/administration & dosage , Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation , Oxygen Inhalation Therapy/methods , Thrombosis/prevention & control , Aged , Anticoagulants/adverse effects , COVID-19/mortality , Drug Administration Schedule , Enoxaparin/adverse effects , Female , Hemorrhage/chemically induced , Hospitalization , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Iran , Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data , Male , Middle Aged , Odds Ratio , Outcome Assessment, Health Care , Pulmonary Embolism/epidemiology , Thrombocytopenia/chemically induced , Thrombosis/etiology , Thrombosis/mortality , Treatment Outcome , Venous Thrombosis/epidemiology , Venous Thrombosis/mortality
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PLoS One ; 16(5): e0250952, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1220229

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The development of medical assisting tools based on artificial intelligence advances is essential in the global fight against COVID-19 outbreak and the future of medical systems. In this study, we introduce ai-corona, a radiologist-assistant deep learning framework for COVID-19 infection diagnosis using chest CT scans. Our framework incorporates an EfficientNetB3-based feature extractor. We employed three datasets; the CC-CCII set, the MasihDaneshvari Hospital (MDH) cohort, and the MosMedData cohort. Overall, these datasets constitute 7184 scans from 5693 subjects and include the COVID-19, non-COVID abnormal (NCA), common pneumonia (CP), non-pneumonia, and Normal classes. We evaluate ai-corona on test sets from the CC-CCII set, MDH cohort, and the entirety of the MosMedData cohort, for which it gained AUC scores of 0.997, 0.989, and 0.954, respectively. Our results indicates ai-corona outperforms all the alternative models. Lastly, our framework's diagnosis capabilities were evaluated as assistant to several experts. Accordingly, We observed an increase in both speed and accuracy of expert diagnosis when incorporating ai-corona's assistance.


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COVID-19/diagnosis , Deep Learning , Thorax/diagnostic imaging , Tomography, X-Ray Computed , Area Under Curve , COVID-19/virology , Databases, Factual , Humans , Pneumonia/diagnosis , Pneumonia/pathology , RNA, Viral/analysis , RNA, Viral/metabolism , ROC Curve , Radiologists/psychology , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , Sensitivity and Specificity
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JAMA ; 325(16): 1620-1630, 2021 04 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1139203

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Importance: Thrombotic events are commonly reported in critically ill patients with COVID-19. Limited data exist to guide the intensity of antithrombotic prophylaxis. Objective: To evaluate the effects of intermediate-dose vs standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation among patients with COVID-19 admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Design, Setting, and Participants: Multicenter randomized trial with a 2 × 2 factorial design performed in 10 academic centers in Iran comparing intermediate-dose vs standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation (first hypothesis) and statin therapy vs matching placebo (second hypothesis; not reported in this article) among adult patients admitted to the ICU with COVID-19. Patients were recruited between July 29, 2020, and November 19, 2020. The final follow-up date for the 30-day primary outcome was December 19, 2020. Interventions: Intermediate-dose (enoxaparin, 1 mg/kg daily) (n = 276) vs standard prophylactic anticoagulation (enoxaparin, 40 mg daily) (n = 286), with modification according to body weight and creatinine clearance. The assigned treatments were planned to be continued until completion of 30-day follow-up. Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary efficacy outcome was a composite of venous or arterial thrombosis, treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or mortality within 30 days, assessed in randomized patients who met the eligibility criteria and received at least 1 dose of the assigned treatment. Prespecified safety outcomes included major bleeding according to the Bleeding Academic Research Consortium (type 3 or 5 definition), powered for noninferiority (a noninferiority margin of 1.8 based on odds ratio), and severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count <20 ×103/µL). All outcomes were blindly adjudicated. Results: Among 600 randomized patients, 562 (93.7%) were included in the primary analysis (median [interquartile range] age, 62 [50-71] years; 237 [42.2%] women). The primary efficacy outcome occurred in 126 patients (45.7%) in the intermediate-dose group and 126 patients (44.1%) in the standard-dose prophylaxis group (absolute risk difference, 1.5% [95% CI, -6.6% to 9.8%]; odds ratio, 1.06 [95% CI, 0.76-1.48]; P = .70). Major bleeding occurred in 7 patients (2.5%) in the intermediate-dose group and 4 patients (1.4%) in the standard-dose prophylaxis group (risk difference, 1.1% [1-sided 97.5% CI, -∞ to 3.4%]; odds ratio, 1.83 [1-sided 97.5% CI, 0.00-5.93]), not meeting the noninferiority criteria (P for noninferiority >.99). Severe thrombocytopenia occurred only in patients assigned to the intermediate-dose group (6 vs 0 patients; risk difference, 2.2% [95% CI, 0.4%-3.8%]; P = .01). Conclusions and Relevance: Among patients admitted to the ICU with COVID-19, intermediate-dose prophylactic anticoagulation, compared with standard-dose prophylactic anticoagulation, did not result in a significant difference in the primary outcome of a composite of adjudicated venous or arterial thrombosis, treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or mortality within 30 days. These results do not support the routine empirical use of intermediate-dose prophylactic anticoagulation in unselected patients admitted to the ICU with COVID-19. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04486508.


Subject(s)
Anticoagulants/administration & dosage , COVID-19/complications , Enoxaparin/administration & dosage , Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation , Oxygen Inhalation Therapy/methods , Thrombosis/prevention & control , Aged , Anticoagulants/adverse effects , COVID-19/mortality , Drug Administration Schedule , Enoxaparin/adverse effects , Female , Hemorrhage/chemically induced , Hospitalization , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Iran , Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data , Male , Middle Aged , Odds Ratio , Outcome Assessment, Health Care , Pulmonary Embolism/epidemiology , Thrombocytopenia/chemically induced , Thrombosis/etiology , Thrombosis/mortality , Treatment Outcome , Venous Thrombosis/epidemiology , Venous Thrombosis/mortality
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Acta Biomed ; 91(4): e2020147, 2020 11 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1059575

ABSTRACT

Background The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 disease originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. There have been few reports of the clinical course of the disease, but detailed information on the risk factors for increased hospital stay and mortality is not available. In this study, we aimed to present the details of 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases to share the clinical course and the risk factors for longer hospital stay and death. Methods In this study, we enrolled fifty-three patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection from a referral academic hospital in Tehran, Iran admitted between March and April 2020. Patients' demographics, laboratory tests, treatments, length of hospital stay (LOHS), and final outcome were recorded and analyzed. Results Fifty-three patients were included in this study. The higher LOHS was associated with clinical symptoms, including hemoptysis (IRR= 0.73, P-value= 0.02), diarrhea (IRR= 0.78, P-value= 0.01), headache (IRR= 0.81, P-value= 0.05), and dry cough (IRR= 0.82, P-value= 0.05). Mortality was associated with older age(Odds ratio=1.148, 95%CI=1.032-1.276), lower calcium level (Odds ratio=0.087, 95%CI=0.010-0.788), lower serum albumin (Odds ratio=0.036, 95%CI=0.002-0.655), as well as increased level of neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) (Odds ratio=1.468, 95%CI=1.086-1.985), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) (Odds ratio=1.004, 95%CI=1.000-1.007), and urea (Odds ratio=1.023, 95%CI=1.006-1.039).  Conclusion Our study identified that decreased levels of O2saturation, platelet count, calcium, albumin, and increased NLR, LDH, urea, and old age were correlated with mortality. Also, LOHS was significantly associated with clinical findings, such as hemoptysis and diarrhea.


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COVID-19/mortality , COVID-19/therapy , Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Female , Humans , Iran , Male , Middle Aged , Retrospective Studies , Risk Factors , Time Factors , Treatment Outcome
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Int Immunopharmacol ; 92: 107329, 2021 Mar.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1014566

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Interferon Beta-1a (IFN-ß1-a), an immunomodulatory mediator with antiviral effects, has shown in vivo and in vitro activities especially on coronavirus including SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 defined as the disease caused by infection with SARS-CoV-2. The virus has been illustrated inhibits the production of IFN-ß1-a from inflammatory cells. We conducted a retrospective study of all adult confirmed COVID-19 hospitalized patients who received combination of three doses of 12 million international units of IFN-ß1-a and Lopinavir 400 mg and Ritonavir 100 mg every 12 h (case group) for 14 days besides standard care and age- and sex- matched COVID-19 patients with receiving lopinavir/ritonavir (control group) at Masih Daneshvari Hospital as a designated hospital for COVID-19 between Feb 19 and Apr 30, 2020. Multivariate analysis was done to determine the impact of IFN-ß1-a on outcome and all-cause mortality. 152 cases in IFN-ß1-a group and 304 cases as control group were included. IFN-ß1-a group stayed at hospital longer and required noninvasive ventilation more than control group (13 vs. 6 days, p = 0.001) and (34% vs. 24%, p = 0.04), respectively. During treatment, 57 (12.5%) patients died. The death rate in case and control groups was 11% and 13% respectively. In multivariate analysis, not receiving IFN-ß1-a (HR 5.12, 95% CI: 2.77-9.45), comorbidity (HR 2.28, 95% CI: 1.13-4.60) and noninvasive ventilation (HR 2.77, 95% CI: 1.56-4.93) remained significantly associated with all-cause mortality. In this study, risk of death decreased by using IFN-ß1-a in COVID-19 patients. More clinical study will be necessary to measure efficacy of IFN-ß1-a in COVID-19 treatment.


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Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , HIV Protease Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Interferon-beta/therapeutic use , Lopinavir/therapeutic use , Ritonavir/therapeutic use , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Case-Control Studies , Drug Combinations , Female , Humans , Interferon-beta/administration & dosage , Lopinavir/administration & dosage , Male , Middle Aged , Retrospective Studies , Ritonavir/administration & dosage , Young Adult
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Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis ; 37(4): e2020015, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1005434
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