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Respirol Case Rep ; 11(5): e01139, 2023 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2292694


A 44-year-old woman at 30 weeks of pregnancy was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit with a diagnosis of severe COVID-19 pneumonia. Her condition worsened quickly, defined by prolonged hypoxia even with intensive therapy and oxygen supplementation. This led to the decision to perform a caesarean delivery and continue pulse corticosteroids therapy after delivery. Soon after she recovered from COVID-19 pneumonia, her life was threatened again by septic shock from hospital-acquired pneumonia. After nearly 1 month of hospitalization, she was discharged and fully recovered on the re-examination day 10 months later.

The Lancet regional health Southeast Asia ; 2023.
Article in English | EuropePMC | ID: covidwho-2274056
Case Rep Womens Health ; 34: e00396, 2022 Apr.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1670394


BACKGROUND: At the early stage of the pandemic, severe COVID-19 was thought to be rare among pregnant women. However, cumulating data showed that gestational state is a risk factor for severe pneumonia, particularly due to the hyperinflammatory state. Recent reports suggested the efficacy of pulse corticosteroids in stopping the cytokine storm in people infected with SARS-CoV-2, but limited data exists regarding its use in pregnant women. Moreover, pregnancy termination is a treatment option in this population, but it has been reported mainly in the third trimester and rarely in the second trimester. CASE PRESENTATION: A 37-year-old woman infected with SARS-CoV-2 at 23 weeks of gestation presented with fatigue and dyspnea but soon deteriorated to severely acute respiratory failure and cytokine storm requiring mechanical ventilation combined with hemodialysis just one day after hospitalization. Low-dose corticosteroids and antibiotics were initiated, followed by antiviral therapy, anticoagulant and high-dose corticosteroid therapy. On hospital day 3, a decision to terminate her pregnancy was made; termination led to significant improvement in her clinical condition and a gradual decrease in demand for oxygen supplementation as well as the corticosteroid dose. She was discharged two weeks after admission. CONCLUSIONS: Due to the specific immune response, pregnant women with COVID-19 may differ from others in their clinical presentation, especially the probability of classic acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). This report provides evidence related to the efficacy of pulse corticosteroids on this group and the influence of the mid-trimester termination on recovery.