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PLoS One ; 17(5): e0267884, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1910620

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an evolving pandemic that urged the need to investigate various antiviral therapies. This study was conducted to compare efficacy and safety outcomes of darunavir-cobicistat versus lopinavir-ritonavir in treating patients with COVID-19 pneumonia. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This retrospective, multicenter, observational study was conducted on adult patients hospitalized in one of the COVID-19 facilities in Qatar. Patients were included if they received darunavir-cobicistat or lopinavir-ritonavir for at least three days as part of their COVID-19 treatments. Data were collected from patients' electronic medical records. The primary outcome was a composite endpoint of time to clinical improvement and/or virological clearance. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used at alpha level of 0.05. A total of 400 patients was analyzed, of whom 100 received darunavir-cobicistat and 300 received lopinavir-ritonavir. Majority of patients were male (92.5%), with a mean (SD) time from symptoms onset to start of therapy of 7.57 days (4.89). Patients received lopinavir-ritonavir had significantly faster time to clinical improvement and/or virological clearance than patients received darunavir-cobicistat (4 days [IQR 3-7] vs. 6.5 days [IQR 4-12]; HR 1.345 [95%CI: 1.070-1.691], P = 0.011). Patients received lopinavir-ritonavir had significantly faster time to clinical improvement (5 days [IQR 3-8] vs. 8 days [IQR 4-13]; HR 1.520 (95%CI: 1.2-1.925), P = 0.000), and slower time to virological clearance than darunavir-cobicistat (25 days [IQR 15-33] vs. 21 days [IQR 12.8-30]; HR 0.772 (95%CI: 0.607-0.982), P = 0.035). No significant difference in the incidence or severity of adverse events between groups. The study was limited to its retrospective nature and the possibility of covariates, which was accounted for by multivariate analyses. CONCLUSION: In patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, early treatment with lopinavir-ritonavir was associated with faster time to clinical improvement and/or virological clearance than darunavir-cobicistat. Future trials are warranted to confirm these findings. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT04425382.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , HIV Infections , Adult , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cobicistat , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Drug Combinations , Drug Therapy, Combination , Female , Humans , Lopinavir/therapeutic use , Male , Retrospective Studies , Ritonavir , Treatment Outcome
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J Laryngol Otol ; 135(9): 755-758, 2021 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1747302

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: There are significant drug-drug interactions between human immunodeficiency virus antiretroviral therapy and intranasal steroids, leading to high serum concentrations of iatrogenic steroids and subsequently Cushing's syndrome. METHOD: All articles in the literature on cases of intranasal steroid and antiretroviral therapy interactions were reviewed. Full-length manuscripts were analysed and the relevant data were extracted. RESULTS: A literature search and further cross-referencing yielded a total of seven reports on drug-drug interactions of intranasal corticosteroids and human immunodeficiency virus protease inhibitors, published between 1999 and 2019. CONCLUSION: The use of potent steroids metabolised via CYP3A4, such as fluticasone and budesonide, are not recommended for patients taking ritonavir or cobicistat. Mometasone should be used cautiously with ritonavir because of pharmacokinetic similarities to fluticasone. There was a delayed onset of symptoms in many cases, most likely due to the relatively lower systemic bioavailability of intranasal fluticasone.


Subject(s)
Adrenal Cortex Hormones/adverse effects , Cushing Syndrome/chemically induced , HIV Infections/drug therapy , HIV Protease Inhibitors/adverse effects , HIV , Administration, Intranasal , Adrenal Cortex Hormones/administration & dosage , Adult , Cobicistat/administration & dosage , Cobicistat/adverse effects , Drug Interactions , Fluticasone/administration & dosage , Fluticasone/adverse effects , HIV Protease Inhibitors/administration & dosage , Humans , Male , Ritonavir/administration & dosage , Ritonavir/adverse effects
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mBio ; 13(2): e0370521, 2022 04 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1714363

ABSTRACT

Combinations of direct-acting antivirals are needed to minimize drug resistance mutations and stably suppress replication of RNA viruses. Currently, there are limited therapeutic options against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and testing of a number of drug regimens has led to conflicting results. Here, we show that cobicistat, which is an FDA-approved drug booster that blocks the activity of the drug-metabolizing proteins cytochrome P450-3As (CYP3As) and P-glycoprotein (P-gp), inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication. Two independent cell-to-cell membrane fusion assays showed that the antiviral effect of cobicistat is exerted through inhibition of spike protein-mediated membrane fusion. In line with this, incubation with low-micromolar concentrations of cobicistat decreased viral replication in three different cell lines including cells of lung and gut origin. When cobicistat was used in combination with remdesivir, a synergistic effect on the inhibition of viral replication was observed in cell lines and in a primary human colon organoid. This was consistent with the effects of cobicistat on two of its known targets, CYP3A4 and P-gp, the silencing of which boosted the in vitro antiviral activity of remdesivir in a cobicistat-like manner. When administered in vivo to Syrian hamsters at a high dose, cobicistat decreased viral load and mitigated clinical progression. These data highlight cobicistat as a therapeutic candidate for treating SARS-CoV-2 infection and as a potential building block of combination therapies for COVID-19. IMPORTANCE The lack of effective antiviral treatments against SARS-CoV-2 is a significant limitation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Single-drug regimens have so far yielded limited results, indicating that combinations of antivirals might be required, as previously seen for other RNA viruses. Our work introduces the drug booster cobicistat, which is approved by the FDA and typically used to potentiate the effect of anti-HIV protease inhibitors, as a candidate inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2 replication. Beyond its direct activity as an antiviral, we show that cobicistat can enhance the effect of remdesivir, which was one of the first drugs proposed for treatment of SARS-CoV-2. Overall, the dual action of cobicistat as a direct antiviral and a drug booster can provide a new approach to design combination therapies and rescue the activity of compounds that are only partially effective in monotherapy.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Hepatitis C, Chronic , Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Animals , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cobicistat , Cricetinae , Disease Progression , Humans , Mesocricetus , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Viral Load
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Tohoku J Exp Med ; 255(1): 61-69, 2021 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1496649

ABSTRACT

North Italy emerged as an epicenter of COVID-19 in the Western world. The majority of studies of patients with COVID-19 have focused on hospitalized patients, and data on early outpatient treatment are limited. This research retrospectively examines consecutive symptomatic adults who did not present to a hospital but who experience laboratory confirmed (nasopharyngeal swabs) or probable COVID-19 infection. From March 12 to April 12, 2020, 124 consecutive patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection (84%) or with epidemiologically linked exposure to a person with confirmed infection (16%) were managed at home. The diagnosis of pneumonia was made with a portable ultrasound. COVID-19 treatment was based on low-dose hydroxychloroquine with or without darunavir/cobicistat or azithromycin and enoxaparine for bedridden patients. The patients were monitored by telemedicine. The primary endpoints were clinical improvement or hospitalization, and the secondary endpoints were mortality at day 30 and at day 60. Forty-seven (37.9%) patients had mild COVID-19 infection, 44 (35.5%) had moderate COVID-19 infection, and 33 (26.6%) had severe COVID-19 infection. Four patients (3.2%) were hospitalized and there were no deaths at day 30 and at day 60. Only mild side effects were reported. Early home treatment of COVID-19 patients resulted in a low hospitalization rate with no deaths, with the limitations of the small sample size and that it was conducted within a single geographic area. We believe that this model may be easily reproduced in both cities and rural areas around the world to treat COVID-19 infection.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/epidemiology , Disease Outbreaks , SARS-CoV-2 , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Azithromycin/therapeutic use , COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19 Testing , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Drug Combinations , Female , Home Care Services , Hospitalization , Humans , Hydroxychloroquine/therapeutic use , Italy/epidemiology , Male , Middle Aged , Retrospective Studies , Severity of Illness Index , Telemedicine , Young Adult
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J Microbiol Immunol Infect ; 54(5): 767-775, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1284232

ABSTRACT

Despite aggressive efforts on containment measures for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic around the world, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is continuously spreading. Therefore, there is an urgent need for an effective antiviral agent. To date, considerable research has been conducted to develop different approaches to COVID-19 therapy. In addition to early observational studies, which could be limited by study design, small sample size, non-randomized design, or different timings of treatment, an increasing number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigating the clinical efficacy and safety of antiviral agents are being carried out. This study reviews the updated findings of RCTs regarding the clinical efficacy of eight antiviral agents against COVID-19, including remdesivir, lopinavir/ritonavir, favipiravir, sofosbuvir/daclatasvir, sofosbuvir/ledipasvir, baloxavir, umifenovir, darunavir/cobicistat, and their combinations. Treatment with remdesivir could accelerate clinical improvement; however, it lacked additional survival benefits. Moreover, 5-day regimen of remdesivir might show adequate effectiveness in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19. Favipiravir was only marginally effective regarding clinical improvement and virological assessment based on the results of small RCTs. The present evidence suggests that sofosbuvir/daclatasvir may improve survival and clinical outcomes in patients with COVID-19. However, the sample sizes for analysis were relatively small, and all studies were exclusively conducted in Iran. Further larger RCTs in other countries are warranted to support these findings. In contrast, the present findings of limited RCTs did not indicate the use of lopinavir/ritonavir, sofosbuvir/ledipasvir, baloxavir, umifenovir, and darunavir/cobicistat in the treatment of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/therapeutic use , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/therapeutic use , Amides/therapeutic use , Carbamates/therapeutic use , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Dibenzothiepins/therapeutic use , Drug Combinations , Drug Therapy, Combination , Humans , Imidazoles/therapeutic use , Indoles/therapeutic use , Iran , Lopinavir/therapeutic use , Morpholines/therapeutic use , Pyrazines/therapeutic use , Pyridones/therapeutic use , Pyrrolidines/therapeutic use , Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic , Ritonavir/therapeutic use , SARS-CoV-2 , Sofosbuvir/therapeutic use , Treatment Outcome , Triazines/therapeutic use , Valine/analogs & derivatives , Valine/therapeutic use
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AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses ; 37(4): 283-291, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1207222

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to evaluate both positive outcomes, including reduction of respiratory support aid and duration of hospital stay, and negative ones, including mortality and a composite of invasive mechanical ventilation or death, in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia treated with or without oral darunavir/cobicistat (DRV/c, 800/150 mg/day) used in different treatment durations. The secondary objective was to evaluate the percentage of patients treated with DRV/c who were exposed to potentially severe drug-drug interactions (DDIs) and died during hospitalization. This observational retrospective study was conducted in consecutive patients with COVID-19 pneumonia admitted to a tertiary care hospital in Modena, Italy. Kaplan-Meier survival curves and Cox proportional hazards regression were used to compare patients receiving standard of care with or without DRV/c. Adjustment for key confounders was applied. Two hundred seventy-three patients (115 on DRV/c) were included, 75.8% males, mean age was 64.6 (±13.2) years. Clinical improvement was similar between the groups, depicted by respiratory aid switch (p > .05). The same was observed for duration of hospital stay [13.2 (±8.9) for DRV/c vs. 13.4 (±7.2) days for no-DRV/c, p = .9]. Patients on DRV/c had higher rates of mortality (25.2% vs. 10.1%, p < .0001. The rate of composite outcome of mechanical ventilation and death was higher in the DRV/c group (37.4% vs. 25.3%, p = .03). Multiple serious DDI associated with DRV/c were observed in the 19 patients who died. DRV/c should not be recommended as a treatment option for COVID-19 pneumonia outside clinical trials.


Subject(s)
Anti-HIV Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Adult , Anti-HIV Agents/adverse effects , COVID-19/mortality , COVID-19/virology , Cobicistat/adverse effects , Darunavir/adverse effects , Drug Combinations , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification
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AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses ; 37(4): 283-291, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1096474

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to evaluate both positive outcomes, including reduction of respiratory support aid and duration of hospital stay, and negative ones, including mortality and a composite of invasive mechanical ventilation or death, in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia treated with or without oral darunavir/cobicistat (DRV/c, 800/150 mg/day) used in different treatment durations. The secondary objective was to evaluate the percentage of patients treated with DRV/c who were exposed to potentially severe drug-drug interactions (DDIs) and died during hospitalization. This observational retrospective study was conducted in consecutive patients with COVID-19 pneumonia admitted to a tertiary care hospital in Modena, Italy. Kaplan-Meier survival curves and Cox proportional hazards regression were used to compare patients receiving standard of care with or without DRV/c. Adjustment for key confounders was applied. Two hundred seventy-three patients (115 on DRV/c) were included, 75.8% males, mean age was 64.6 (±13.2) years. Clinical improvement was similar between the groups, depicted by respiratory aid switch (p > .05). The same was observed for duration of hospital stay [13.2 (±8.9) for DRV/c vs. 13.4 (±7.2) days for no-DRV/c, p = .9]. Patients on DRV/c had higher rates of mortality (25.2% vs. 10.1%, p < .0001. The rate of composite outcome of mechanical ventilation and death was higher in the DRV/c group (37.4% vs. 25.3%, p = .03). Multiple serious DDI associated with DRV/c were observed in the 19 patients who died. DRV/c should not be recommended as a treatment option for COVID-19 pneumonia outside clinical trials.


Subject(s)
Anti-HIV Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Adult , Anti-HIV Agents/adverse effects , COVID-19/mortality , COVID-19/virology , Cobicistat/adverse effects , Darunavir/adverse effects , Drug Combinations , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification
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Medicina (Kaunas) ; 56(11)2020 Oct 29.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-902595

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Streptococcus pneumoniae urinary antigen (u-Ag) testing has recently gained attention in the early diagnosis of severe and critical acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2/pneumococcal co-infection. The aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of Streptococcus pneumoniae u-Ag testing in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, in order to assess whether pneumococcal co-infection is associated with different mortality rate and hospital stay in these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Charts, protocols, mortality, and hospitalization data of a consecutive series of COVID-19 patients admitted to a tertiary hospital in northern Italy during COVID-19 outbreak were retrospectively reviewed. All patients underwent Streptococcus pneumoniae u-Ag testing to detect an underlying pneumococcal co-infection. Covid19+/u-Ag+ and Covid19+/u-Ag- patients were compared in terms of overall survival and length of hospital stay using chi-square test and survival analysis. RESULTS: Out of 575 patients with documented pneumonia, 13% screened positive for the u-Ag test. All u-Ag+ patients underwent treatment with Ceftriaxone and Azithromycin or Levofloxacin. Lopinavir/Ritonavir or Darunavir/Cobicistat were added in 44 patients, and hydroxychloroquine and low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) in 47 and 33 patients, respectively. All u-Ag+ patients were hospitalized. Mortality was 15.4% and 25.9% in u-Ag+ and u-Ag- patients, respectively (p = 0.09). Survival analysis showed a better prognosis, albeit not significant, in u-Ag+ patients. Median hospital stay did not differ among groups (10 vs. 9 days, p = 0.71). CONCLUSIONS: The routine use of Streptococcus pneumoniae u-Ag testing helped to better target antibiotic therapy with a final trend of reduction in mortality of u-Ag+ COVID-19 patients having a concomitant pneumococcal infection. Randomized trials on larger cohorts are necessary in order to draw definitive conclusion.


Subject(s)
Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Coinfection/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Hospital Mortality , Pneumonia, Pneumococcal/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Anticoagulants/therapeutic use , Antigens, Bacterial/urine , Azithromycin/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Ceftriaxone/therapeutic use , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Coinfection/urine , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Cross-Sectional Studies , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Drug Combinations , Female , Heparin, Low-Molecular-Weight/therapeutic use , Humans , Hydroxychloroquine/therapeutic use , Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data , Levofloxacin/therapeutic use , Lopinavir/therapeutic use , Male , Mass Screening , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Pneumococcal/complications , Pneumonia, Pneumococcal/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Pneumococcal/urine , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Retrospective Studies , Ritonavir/therapeutic use , SARS-CoV-2 , Streptococcus pneumoniae/immunology
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Intern Emerg Med ; 15(8): 1389-1398, 2020 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-805950

ABSTRACT

To date the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2), known as COVID-19, is for clinicians the most difficult global therapeutic problem. In this landscape, the management of patients with chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury or patients undergoing immunosuppressant therapies for kidney transplant or glomerular diseases, represent a clinical challenge for nephrologists, especially in patients with severe acute lung involvement. Therefore in this setting, due to the lack of anti-COVID treatment schedules, tailored management is mandatory to reduce the side effects, as consequence of impaired renal function and drugs interactions. We report the main treatment actually used against SARS-CoV-2, underlining its possible use in the nephropatic patients and the central role of nephrologists to improve the clinical outcome.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Renal Insufficiency, Chronic/drug therapy , Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Adenosine Monophosphate/therapeutic use , Adrenal Cortex Hormones/therapeutic use , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Alanine/therapeutic use , Amides/therapeutic use , Antibodies, Monoclonal/therapeutic use , COVID-19 , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Drug Combinations , Humans , Kidney/drug effects , Kidney/injuries , Kidney/physiopathology , Lopinavir/therapeutic use , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Pyrazines/therapeutic use , Renal Insufficiency, Chronic/complications , Renal Replacement Therapy/methods , Ritonavir/therapeutic use
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Yonsei Med J ; 61(9): 826-830, 2020 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-745127

ABSTRACT

We retrospectively reviewed patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections who were admitted to an intensive care unit in Daegu, South Korea. The outcomes of patients who did (cases) or did not (controls) receive darunavir-cobicistat (800-150 mg) therapy were compared. Fourteen patients received darunavir-cobicistat treatment, and 96 received other antiviral therapy (controls). Overall, the darunavir-cobicistat group comprised patients with milder illness, and the crude mortality rate of all patients in the darunavir-cobicistat group was lower than that in the controls [odds ratio (OR) 0.20, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.04-0.89, p=0.035]. After 1:2 propensity-score matching, there were 14 patients in the darunavir-cobicistat group, and 28 patients in the controls. In propensity score-matched analysis, the darunavir-cobicistat group had lower mortality than the controls (OR 0.07, 95% CI 0.01-0.52, p=0.009). In conclusion, darunavir-cobicistat therapy was found to be associated with a significant survival benefit in critically ill patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection.


Subject(s)
Anti-HIV Agents/therapeutic use , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Darunavir/therapeutic use , HIV Protease Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Adult , Anti-HIV Agents/administration & dosage , Anti-HIV Agents/adverse effects , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Case-Control Studies , Cobicistat/administration & dosage , Cobicistat/adverse effects , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/mortality , Critical Illness , Darunavir/administration & dosage , Darunavir/adverse effects , Female , HIV Protease Inhibitors/administration & dosage , HIV Protease Inhibitors/adverse effects , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/mortality , Republic of Korea/epidemiology , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2 , Severity of Illness Index , Treatment Outcome
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J Affect Disord ; 277: 337-340, 2020 12 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-722855

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: In December 2019, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection was first reported in Wuhan city, central China, which has spread rapidly. The common clinical features of patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection included fever, fatigue, and damage to the respiratory or digestive system. However, it is still unclear whether SARS-CoV-2 infection could cause damage to the central nervous system (CNS) inducing psychiatric symptoms. CASE REPORT: Herein, we present the first case of SARS-CoV-2 infection with manic-like symptoms and describe the diagnosis, clinical course, and treatment of the case, focusing on the identifications of SARS-CoV-2 in the specimen of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The patient developed manic-like symptoms when his vital signs recovered on illness day 17. After manic-like attack, the detection of SARS-CoV-2 specific IgG antibody in CSF was positive, while the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) on CSF for the SARS-CoV-2 was negative. The patient received Olanzapine for treatment and his mood problems concurrently improved as indicated by scores of Young Manic Rating Scale (YMRS). LIMITATION: This is a single case report only, and the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 in CSF was not performed simultaneously when SARS-CoV-2 was positive in samples of sputum and stool. CONCLUSION: This first case of COVID-19 patient with manic-like symptoms highlights the importance of evaluation of mental health status and may contribute to our understanding of potential risk of CNS impairments by SARS-CoV-2 infection.


Subject(s)
Bipolar Disorder/etiology , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Antibodies, Viral/cerebrospinal fluid , Antipsychotic Agents/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , Bipolar Disorder/cerebrospinal fluid , Bipolar Disorder/diagnosis , Bipolar Disorder/drug therapy , Brain/diagnostic imaging , COVID-19 , COVID-19 Testing , Chest Pain , China , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Coronavirus Infections/cerebrospinal fluid , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Dyspnea , Fever , Glucocorticoids/therapeutic use , Humans , Indoles/therapeutic use , Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Male , Methylprednisolone/therapeutic use , Middle Aged , Moxifloxacin/therapeutic use , Olanzapine/therapeutic use , Pandemics , Pharyngitis , Pneumonia, Viral/cerebrospinal fluid , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , SARS-CoV-2
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J Neurovirol ; 26(3): 456-458, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-291173

ABSTRACT

Three patients of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) showed the symptoms of olfactory dysfunction. Clinical characteristics and treatment were retrospective analyzed. Olfactory disorders are uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 in China. Early diagnosis and intervention are keys to the recovery of olfactory disorders. Particular attention should be devoted to olfactory dysfunction.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Coronavirus Infections/physiopathology , Olfaction Disorders/physiopathology , Pneumonia, Viral/physiopathology , Taste Disorders/physiopathology , Vitamin B 12/analogs & derivatives , Adolescent , Adult , Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , COVID-19 , China , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Female , Humans , Indoles/therapeutic use , Male , Methylprednisolone/therapeutic use , Olfaction Disorders/diagnosis , Olfaction Disorders/drug therapy , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Taste Disorders/diagnosis , Taste Disorders/drug therapy , Treatment Outcome , Vitamin B 12/therapeutic use
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Future Oncol ; 16(20): 1425-1432, 2020 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-260506

ABSTRACT

Background: We describe cancer patients with coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) infection treated at the Piacenza's general hospital (north Italy). Materials & methods: 25 cancer patients infected by COVID-19 admitted at the Piacenza's general hospital from 21 February to 18 March 2020. Outcome from the infection were compared with infected noncancer patients. Results: 20 patients (80%) were treated with antiviral therapy and hydroxychloroquine and five (20%) received hydroxychloroquine alone. Nine (36%) patients died, while 16 (64%) overcome the infection. In the control group the mortality was 16.13% and the overcome from infection was 83.87%. Conclusion: Mortality for COVID-19 was greater in cancer patients when compared with noncancer patients, worse prognosis for older age, women and patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone. However, the comparisons did not reach statistical significance in most cases. This could be due to the small sample size that is the main limitation of the study.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Coronavirus Infections/mortality , Hydroxychloroquine/therapeutic use , Neoplasms/mortality , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/mortality , Age Factors , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Azithromycin/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Ceftriaxone/therapeutic use , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Drug Therapy, Combination , Female , HIV Protease Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Humans , Italy , Lopinavir/therapeutic use , Male , Methylprednisolone/therapeutic use , Middle Aged , Neoplasms/drug therapy , Pandemics , Ritonavir/therapeutic use , SARS-CoV-2
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Swiss Med Wkly ; 150: w20246, 2020 04 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-46219

ABSTRACT

Respiratory failure in COVID-19 is a common feature in fatal cases and has been considered as a failure of the immune system to control the virus. Here we report the case of COVID-19 affecting an immunocompromised women and her presumably immunocompetent spouse. A married couple (age 60 years) was simultaneously admitted to the emergency department on 10 March 2020 because of dyspnoea and fever, consistent with COVID-19. The wife (patient 1) was partially immunocompromised as a consequence of a recently started chemotherapy with fulvestrant and abemaciclid for recurring breast cancer, her husband (patient 2) had been healthy except for a history of controlled arterial hypertension. Both patients were treated with darunavir/cobicistat and hydroxychloroquine. The clinical course of the immunocompromised partner was benign, without need of intensive care. She was able to leave the hospital on day 6 after admission. In contrast, her husband needed intensive care and his recovery was slow, although eventually successful too. These findings suggest that the course of COVID-19 is not necessarily ominous in the presence of a compromised immune response and tend to reinforce the emerging therapeutic concepts of a controlled mitigation of the immune cascade following SARS CoV-2 infection.


Subject(s)
Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Breast Neoplasms/complications , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Hydroxychloroquine/therapeutic use , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Critical Care , Dyspnea/etiology , Emergency Service, Hospital , Female , Fever/etiology , Humans , Immunocompetence , Immunocompromised Host , Male , Middle Aged , Neoplasm Recurrence, Local/drug therapy , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , SARS-CoV-2 , Spouses , Treatment Outcome
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Transpl Infect Dis ; 22(4): e13286, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-47858

ABSTRACT

During the novel coronavirus pandemic, organ transplant recipients represent a frail susceptible category due to long-term immunosuppressive therapy. For this reason, clinical manifestations may differ from general population and different treatment approaches may be needed. We present the case of a 36-year-old kidney-transplanted woman affected by Senior-Loken syndrome diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia after a contact with her positive mother. Initial symptoms were fatigue, dry cough, and coryza; she never had fever nor oxygen supplementation. Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir were started, and the antiviral drug was replaced with darunavir/cobicistat after 2 days for diarrhea. Immunosuppressant levels were closely monitored, and we observed very high tacrolimus trough levels despite initial dose reduction. The patient was left with steroid therapy alone. The peculiarity of clinical presentation and the management difficulties represent the flagship of our case report. We stress the need for guidelines in transplant recipients with COVID-19 infection with particular regard to the management of therapy.


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Antiviral Agents/adverse effects , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Cytochrome P-450 CYP3A Inhibitors/adverse effects , Graft Rejection/prevention & control , Immunosuppressive Agents/adverse effects , Kidney Transplantation , Lopinavir/adverse effects , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Ritonavir/adverse effects , Tacrolimus/adverse effects , Adult , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , C-Reactive Protein/immunology , COVID-19 , Ciliopathies/complications , Cobicistat/therapeutic use , Common Cold/etiology , Common Cold/physiopathology , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/physiopathology , Cough/etiology , Cough/physiopathology , Darunavir/therapeutic use , Deprescriptions , Drug Combinations , Drug Interactions , Enzyme Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Fatigue/etiology , Fatigue/physiopathology , Female , Glucocorticoids/therapeutic use , Humans , Hydroxychloroquine/therapeutic use , Immunocompromised Host/immunology , Interleukin-10/immunology , Interleukin-1beta/immunology , Interleukin-6/immunology , Interleukin-8/immunology , Kidney Diseases, Cystic/complications , Kidney Failure, Chronic/etiology , Kidney Failure, Chronic/surgery , Leber Congenital Amaurosis/complications , Methylprednisolone/therapeutic use , Optic Atrophies, Hereditary/complications , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/physiopathology , SARS-CoV-2 , Severity of Illness Index
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