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Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) ; 12: 711612, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1485047

ABSTRACT

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic forced a change in the way we provide medical treatment. Endocrinology in the era of COVID-19 had to transform and reduce its vast potential to the absolute necessities. Medical professionals needed to update their clinical practice to provide their patients as much support and as little harm as possible in these increasingly difficult times. International expert statements were published to offer guidance regarding proper care. It was suggested to simplify the diagnostic scheme of hypercortisolemia and to modify the approach to treatment. Hypercortisolemic patients with COVID-19 and iatrogenic hypercortisolemia due to glucocorticoid use are important clinical scenarios - we aimed to provide a cohesive summary of issues to consider.


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Adrenocortical Hyperfunction/therapy , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/therapy , Adrenocortical Hyperfunction/chemically induced , Adrenocortical Hyperfunction/complications , Cushing Syndrome/complications , Cushing Syndrome/therapy , Glucocorticoids/adverse effects , Glucocorticoids/therapeutic use , Humans , Hydrocortisone/blood , Pandemics , Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion/complications , Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion/therapy
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Endocr J ; 68(4): 477-484, 2021 Apr 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1204140

ABSTRACT

We provide the details of the successful management of a patient with active Cushing's disease complicated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia. The patient was a 27-year-old Japanese female healthcare worker who was scheduled to undergo pituitary surgery for Cushing's disease. She had been in close contact with an undiagnosed patient infected with COVID-19 and then developed COVID-19 pneumonia. Despite a lack of known risk factors associated with severe COVID-19 infection, the patient's dyspnea worsened and her respiratory condition deteriorated, as indicated by the need for 7 L/min oxygen supply by mask to maintain her oxygen saturation at >90%. Medical treatment was initiated to control hypercortisolism by the 'block and replace' regimen using steroidogenesis inhibitors and hydrocortisone. The COVID-19 pneumonia improved with multi-modal treatment including antiviral therapy. One month later, after a negative severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) test result and with appropriate protection against virus transmission to medical staff in the operating room and daily medical care nurses, trans-sphenoidal surgery was performed by our highly experienced pituitary surgeon. One month after the surgery, the patient's basal ACTH and cortisol levels and urinary free cortisol were all under the detection limit. Surgical remission was expected. Since hypercortisolism due to active Cushing's disease may worsen a COVID-19 infection, multi-disciplinary management that includes appropriate and prompt treatment strategies is mandatory in such cases.


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Amides/administration & dosage , Benzamidines/administration & dosage , COVID-19/therapy , Guanidines/administration & dosage , Metyrapone/administration & dosage , Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion/therapy , Pregnenediones/administration & dosage , Pyrazines/administration & dosage , ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma/complications , ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma/drug therapy , Adenoma/complications , Adenoma/drug therapy , Adult , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/pathology , Combined Modality Therapy , Dihydrotestosterone/administration & dosage , Dihydrotestosterone/analogs & derivatives , Disease Progression , Female , Health Personnel , Heparin/administration & dosage , Humans , Japan , Neurosurgical Procedures , Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion/blood , Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion/complications , Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion/pathology , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Treatment Outcome , Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole Drug Combination/administration & dosage
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