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Eur Radiol Exp ; 4(1): 42, 2020 07 06.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-648462


More than 1,200 active or recruiting clinical trials for novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatments and vaccines are registered. Many drugs have shown promise for treatment of COVID-19. Nevertheless, up to date, no drugs have been confirmed as a definitive treatment for COVID-19. Trials such as the SOLIDARITY and RECOVERY are ongoing, and first results were announced in favour of therapy with dexamethasone with a significant trend showing greatest benefit among those patients requiring ventilation. The drawbacks of these trials include exposing the patients to drugs with well-documented systemic adverse effects or unknown complications of novel therapies without proof of clinical benefit. We present here the hypothesis that bronchial artery infusion could be an alternative for systemic drug infusion in COVID-19 trials with superadded benefits of high drug concentration and low systemic adverse effects. The concept of this idea has many uncertainties and no current clinical data to support. Perhaps, the technique should be first applied in animal models to determine its safety and calculate the effective dose of the drugs. Guidelines and reviews of pharmacotherapy for COVID-19 should be implemented for this fiction to come true.

Antivirales/administración & dosificación , Betacoronavirus , Cateterismo Periférico/métodos , Infecciones por Coronavirus/tratamiento farmacológico , Sistemas de Liberación de Medicamentos , Pandemias , Neumonía Viral/tratamiento farmacológico , Arterias Bronquiales , Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Humanos , Infusiones Intraarteriales , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología