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      Critical Coronavirus Disease 2019 in a Hemodialysis Patient: A Proposed Clinical Management Strategy

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          The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a catastrophic global health crisis. There is a lack of mitigation and clinical management strategies for COVID-19 in specific patient cohorts such as hemodialysis (HD) patients. We report our experience in treating the first case of COVID-19 in a HD patient in Singapore who had a severe clinical course including acute respiratory distress syndrome and propose a clinical management strategy. We propose a clinical workflow in managing such patients based on available evidence from literature review. We also highlight the importance of early recognition and intervention for disease control, dialysis support in an acute hospital isolation facility, deisolation protocol, and discharge planning due to prolonged viral shedding. The case highlights important points specific to a HD patient with a COVID-19 diagnosis, tailored interventions for each stage of the disease, and deisolation considerations in the recovery phase.

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          The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also known as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a major pandemic challenging health care systems around the world. The optimal management of COVID-19 infected patients is still unclear, although the consensus is moving towards the need of a biphasic approach. During the first phase of the disease (from onset of the symptoms up to 7-10 days) viral-induced effects are prominent with the opportunity to institute antiviral therapy. In the second inflammatory phase of the disease, immunosuppressive strategies (for example with glucocorticoids or anti-cytokines drugs)may be considered. This latter stage is characterized by the development of progressive lung involvement with increasing oxygen requirements and occasionally signs of the haemophagocitic syndrome. The management of the disease in patients with kidney disease is even more challenging, especially in those who are immunosuppressed or with severe comorbidities. Here we present the therapeutic approach employed in Brescia (Italy) for managing kidney transplant and hemodialysis patients with COVID-19. Furthermore, we provide some clinical and physiopathological background, as well as preliminary outcome data of our cohort, in order to better clarify the pathogenesis of the disease and clinical management.
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            Reviewed are the clinical features and outcome of 12 chronic dialysis patients (six men) who contracted severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) compared with 23 sex- and age-matched nonuremic SARS patients as controls. Eight were on peritoneal dialysis (PD) and four on hemodialysis. Mean age was 58 +/- 12 yr for the dialysis patients, and 57 +/- 12 yr for the controls. The presenting symptoms of dialysis patients were similar to the controls. With appropriate protection measures, hemodialysis was performed in a dedicated area of the SARS isolation ward, while PD was continued as intermittent PD. In all seven patients with PD effluent tested, SARS-related coronavirus (CoV) could not be identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or viral culture. Three dialysis patients had persistent positive stool PCR after 5 wk, whereas all nondialysis patients had negative stool PCR after 1 wk. Despite dosage adjustment, ribavirin-induced hemolytic anemia was more severe in the dialysis patients. Dialysis patients required longer hospitalization than the controls, but the mortality was similar. With appropriate protective measures, dialysis could be safely performed. Dialysis patients with SARS often require prolonged hospitalization. Furthermore, these patients may have an extended period of viral shedding, which should be carefully monitored for the purpose of infection control.
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                Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
                S. Karger AG
                May – August 2020
                30 July 2020
                : 10
                : 2
                : 86-94
                aDivision of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
                bDepartment of Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
                cDepartment of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
                Author notes
                *Weng Kin Wong, Department of Medicine, National University Health System, 1E Kent Ridge Road, Level 10 NUHS Tower Block, Singapore 119228 (Singapore),
                509792 PMC7443685 Case Rep Nephrol Dial 2020;10:86–94
                © 2020 The Author(s). Published by S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Figures: 3, Pages: 9
                Case Report

                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                Infection control, Hemodialysis, Coronavirus disease 2019


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