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Semin Arthritis Rheum ; 50(5): 885-889, 2020 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-665551


OBJECTIVES: Patients with rheumatologic diseases might be more susceptible to COVID-19 and carry a poorer prognosis. The aim of this study is to examine the incidence and outcomes of all COVID-19 patients with rheumatologic conditions in Hong Kong. METHODS: This is a population-based retrospective study. All patients tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by PCR with a previous diagnosis of rheumatologic diseases were reviewed. The incidence of COVID-19 in patients with rheumatologic conditions was calculated and compared to the general population in Hong Kong. Descriptive data of those rheumatologic patients with COVID-19 and the clinical course of the index infection were presented. RESULTS: Up till 27 May 2020, there were 1067 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Hong Kong which had a population of 7.5 million. Out of the 39,835 patients with underlying rheumatologic diseases, we identified 5 PCR confirmed COVID-19 cases. The estimated incidence of COVID-19 was 0.0126% patients with rheumatologic diseases, compared to 0.0142% in the general population. All 5 patients had inflammatory arthropathies. One patient was on hydroxychloroquine and sulphasalazine, and one was on methotrexate. None of the 3534 patients on b/tsDMARDs was infected. Four patients had leucopenia/lymphopenia and stool viral PCR was positive in 3 patients. All patients made uneventful recovery without complications or flare of underlying diseases. CONCLUSIONS: We found no alarming signals of increased frequency or severity of COVID-19 in patients with rheumatologic diseases, although extrapolation of the results to other populations with different infection control strategies should be made with caution.

Antirheumatic Agents , Betacoronavirus/isolation & purification , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Coronavirus Infections , Joint Diseases , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Rheumatic Diseases , Adult , Antirheumatic Agents/classification , Antirheumatic Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19 , COVID-19 Testing , Clinical Laboratory Techniques/methods , Clinical Laboratory Techniques/statistics & numerical data , Comorbidity , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Female , Hong Kong/epidemiology , Humans , Incidence , Joint Diseases/drug therapy , Joint Diseases/epidemiology , Joint Diseases/etiology , Male , Middle Aged , Outcome Assessment, Health Care , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Prognosis , Retrospective Studies , Rheumatic Diseases/diagnosis , Rheumatic Diseases/epidemiology , Risk Assessment , Risk Factors , SARS-CoV-2
Radiol Case Rep ; 15(8): 1242-1249, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-306175


Patients infected with the new SARS-CoV-2 appear to be associated with higher risk of thromboembolic disease, especially stroke and pulmonary embolism. We report a case of a 79-year-old woman that presented with stroke and was found to have COVID-19 pneumonia and concomitant large burden pulmonary arterial clot. Early imaging of suspected thromboembolic disease may lead to improved patient morbidity and mortality.