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Vestnik Vosstanovitel'noj Mediciny ; 21(5):9-19, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2277365


INTRODUCTION. Lung ultrasound has been widely used to diagnose bacterial pneumonia, pulmonary congestion in heart failure, pneumo- and hydrothorax, and other pathological conditions. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for various methods of lung imaging has dramatically increased. AIM. To estimate the value of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis and severity assessment of COVID-19. MATERIAL AND METHODS. Patients with a positive PCR test result for SARS-Cov-2 were included and divided into a moderate, severe, or critical severe group. There were 30 patients involved. All the patients underwent clinical assessment, complete blood count, biochemical blood profile, pulse oxymetry, bedside lung ultrasound, and chest CT scan. To evaluate LUS findings thorax into 16 lung regions and each of these areas was quantitatively scored and summed up in total LUS score. A total severity score for chest CT was compared with the total LUS score. RESULT AND DISCUSSION. All patients had positive LUS findings, as well as positive CT findings. Most common lung ultrasound findings were the following: subpleural consolidations (100.0%, 30/30), large consolidations (73.3%, 22/30) and an irregular pleural line (43.3%, 13/30). A higher total lung ultrasound score was seen in patients with a more severe course of illness and a larger number of lung areas affected;they were older and had a significantly higher incidence of comorbidities and lower SpO2. Spearman correlation coefficient revealed a statistically significant correlation between CT chest scan and lung ultrasound – rs=.52, p= 0.003011. CONCLUSION. During the COVID-19 pandemic, lung ultrasound is a great tool for assessing lung tissue in patients with varying severity of the disease. The advantages of the method are accessibility, ease of implementation and the absence of radiation exposure. © 2022, Svetlana A. Rachina, Daria A. Strelkova, Flora E. Cabello Montoya, Olga T. Zorya, Ayten F. Safarova, Olga V. Aryutina, Stanislav K. Gruzdev, Vladimir V. Mladov.

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases ; 81:929, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2008840


Background: Patients with rheumatic diseases (RD) have been excluded from SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials, though data appear to show safety and efficacy, mostly evidence remains in mRNA vaccines. In our country, adenovirus-vector, inactivated and heterologous scheme vaccines are frequently used. Objectives: To describe the safety of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in patients with RD from the national registry SAR-CoVAC and to assess sociodemographic and clinical factors associated to AE and disease fares after vaccination. Methods: Adult patients with RD who have been vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2 from de Argentine Society of Rheumatology Vaccine Registry (SAR-CoVAC) were consecutively included between June 1st and December 21st, 2021, This is a national multicentric observational registry that includes patients that have received at least one dose of any SARS-CoV-2 available vaccines in Argentina. Data is voluntarily collected by the treating physician. Naranjo scale was use to assess the association between the AE and vaccination. Homologous and heterologous schedules were defned according to whether both vaccines received were the same or different, respectively. Descriptive statics, Chi2 test, Fischer test, T test, ANOVA and multivariate regression logistic model were used. Results: A total of 1679 patients, with 2795 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses were included. Vaccines more frequently used were: Gam-COVID-Vac (1227 doses, 44%), ChAdOx1 nCov-19 (872 doses, 31%), BBIBP-CorV (482 doses, 17%) and mRAN-1273 (172 doses, 6%). Altogether, 510 EA were experienced by 449 (27%) patients. Pseudo-fu syndrome was the most frequent (11%), followed by injection site reaction (7%). They were signifcantly more frequent after the frst dose in comparison to the second one (13% vs 7% and 9% vs 5%, respectively, p<0.001 in both cases). All were mild or moderate and no patient was hospitalized due to an AE. One case of moderate anaphylaxis was reported by a patient who received Gam-COVID-Vac. No cases of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia were observed. There were 25 disease fares reported, 17 (68%) cases of arthritis. Among patients with two doses, those with heterol-ogous schedule presented AE more frequent after the second dose (39% vs 17%).Total incidence of EA was 182.5 events/10 00 doses, it was signifcantly lower for BBIBP-CorV (105.9 events/1000 dosis, p<0.002 for all cases). The higher incidence of AE was observed for mRAN-1273 (261.6 events/1000 doses) and ChAdOx1 nCov-19 (232.8 events/1000 doses). Patients with AE were younger [mean 55 years (SD 14) vs 59 years (SD 14), p <0.010], not Caucasian ethnicity [48% vs 35%, p<0.001], had higher education level [mean 13.8 years (SD 4) vs 11.9 years (SD 5), p<0.001], were more frequently employed [54% vs 44%, p<0.001], lived mostly in urban area [99% vs 95% p <0.001, had more frequently dyslipidemia [38% vs 28% p 0.012], and less frequently arterial hypertension [49% vs 65%, p<0.001]. Systemic lupus erythematosus [11% vs 7%, p=0.039] and Sjögren syndrome [6% vs 1.8%, p<0.001] were more frequent among them, while non infammatory diseases were less prevalent [19% vs 31%, p<0.001]. They were taking steroids [24 vs 18%, p=0.007], antimalarials [17% vs 10%, p<0.001] and methotrexate [41% vs 31%, p <0.001] more frequently. In the multivariable analysis, mRAN-1273 and ChAdOx1 nCov-19 were associated with AE, while BBIBP-CorV with lower probability of having one. (Figure 1) Conclusion: The incidence of AE was 1825 events/1000 doses, were signif-cantly higher for mRAN-1273 and ChAdOx1 nCov-19 and lower for BBIBP-CorV. Most common AE was pseudo-fu syndrome. Female sex, being younger, higher education level, ChAdOx1 nCov-19 and mRAN-1273 vaccines, the use of meth-otrexate and antimalarials were related of EA in patients with RD.

Arch Razi Inst ; 77(3): 1049-1058, 2022 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1912530


This study was performed to evaluate the prognostic value of relative changes from admission to discharge (Δ%) of integrated congestion assessment to predict adverse outcomes in patients with irreversible heart failure (HF) during a one-year follow-up. The study included 122 patients (60% males, median age of 69 years) with decompensated HF. Most of the patients (92%) had a history of arterial hypertension, 53.3% had coronary heart disease, and 40.2% had type 2 diabetes mellitus. All patients underwent assessments, including NT-proBNP, lung ultrasound (LUS) B-line score, liver stiffness by transient elastography, and resistance and reactance by bioimpedance vector analysis (BIVA). The assessments were performed at admission and discharge, and a relative change from admission (delta percentage, Δ%) was calculated. Long-term clinical outcomes were assessed by a structured interview conducted 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after discharge. The cut-offs for the occurrence of the endpoint events were Δ% NT-proBNP of ≥ -25, Δ% liver stiffness of ≥ -44, Δ% B-line score on lung ultrasound of ≥ -73, Δ% BIVA resistance of ≤ 18, and Δ% BIVA reactance of ≤ 40. It was revealed that 55% of endpoint events, including 22 (18%) deaths and 33 (27%) readmissions, occurred within a median of 74 days (interquartile range: 33-147). Patients with an endpoint event had significantly worse values of all studied parameters in contrast to patients without it. There was a significant direct association between Δ% NT-proBNP and Δ% B-lines (r=0.18; P=0.04), and a highly reliable inverse association was observed between Δ% liver stiffness and Δ% BIVA reactance (r=-0.4; P<0.001). No significant associations were found between the other parameters. Univariate Cox regression analysis demonstrated the independent prognostic value of all congestion markers under study (NT-proBNP, LUS B-lines, liver stiffness, and BIVA reactance) for predicting the combined endpoint. Multivariate Cox regression analysis confirmed the independent prognostic value in predicting the risk of endpoint event for the following parameters: NT-proBNP (hazard rate [HR] 2.5, P=0.001), liver stiffness (HR 2.3, P=0.012), LUS B-line score (HR 2.2, P=0.008). However, it did not find any significant prognostic value for BIVA resistance and reactance. The relative admission-to-discharge change in the integral assessment of congestion had a prognostic value for predicting the risk of adverse outcomes (all-cause mortality and readmission rate) in patients with decompensated HF during a one-year follow-up.

Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 , Heart Failure , Aged , Female , Humans , Male , Heart Failure/epidemiology , Patient Discharge , Prognosis , Prospective Studies