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      Coronavirus Disease 2019: Initial Detection on Chest CT in a Retrospective Multicenter Study of 103 Chinese Subjects

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          Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new viral respiratory disease that has recently emerged from China, becoming a pandemic. However, few studies have analyzed data regarding the clinical performance of chest computed tomography (CT) obtained in subjects with suspected COVID-19 at the initial presentation to medical facilities.


          The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the performance of chest CT the initial presentation of patients with suspected COVID-19.


          Data from 103 patients who were under investigation for COVID-19 based on inclusion criteria according to WHO Interim Guidance were retrospectively collected from January 21, 2020 to February 14, 2020. All patients underwent chest CT scanning and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction testing (RT-PCR) for COVID-19 at hospital presentation. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) (with 95% confidence intervals) were calculated to evaluate the performance of CT. Subgroup analyses were also performed based on the geographical distribution of these cases in the province of Henan, China.


          There were 88 /103 (85%) patients with COVID-19 confirmed by RT-PCR. The overall sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV were 93% (85-97%), 53% (27-77%), 92% (83-96%), and 42% (18-70%), respectively. Similar results were shown in both geographic regions. The respective sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV for chest CT in the districts of Xinyang and Zhumadian (n = 56) were 92% (80-97%), 63% (26-90%), 93% (81-98%), and 56% (23-85%), while these indicators in the district of Anyang (n = 47) were 95% (81-99%), 43% (12-80%), 90% (76-97%), and 60% (17-93%). There were no significant differences in the prevalence of positive exams in the two geographic subgroups for CT ( P=0.423) or RT-PCR ( P=0.931).


          Although initial chest CT obtained at hospital presentation showed high sensitivity in patients under investigation for COVID-19 in the two geographic regions in Henan province, the NPV was only modest, suggesting low value of CT as a screening tool.

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          Summary Background A recent cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China, was caused by a novel betacoronavirus, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). We report the epidemiological, clinical, laboratory, and radiological characteristics and treatment and clinical outcomes of these patients. Methods All patients with suspected 2019-nCoV were admitted to a designated hospital in Wuhan. We prospectively collected and analysed data on patients with laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV infection by real-time RT-PCR and next-generation sequencing. Data were obtained with standardised data collection forms shared by WHO and the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium from electronic medical records. Researchers also directly communicated with patients or their families to ascertain epidemiological and symptom data. Outcomes were also compared between patients who had been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and those who had not. Findings By Jan 2, 2020, 41 admitted hospital patients had been identified as having laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV infection. Most of the infected patients were men (30 [73%] of 41); less than half had underlying diseases (13 [32%]), including diabetes (eight [20%]), hypertension (six [15%]), and cardiovascular disease (six [15%]). Median age was 49·0 years (IQR 41·0–58·0). 27 (66%) of 41 patients had been exposed to Huanan seafood market. One family cluster was found. Common symptoms at onset of illness were fever (40 [98%] of 41 patients), cough (31 [76%]), and myalgia or fatigue (18 [44%]); less common symptoms were sputum production (11 [28%] of 39), headache (three [8%] of 38), haemoptysis (two [5%] of 39), and diarrhoea (one [3%] of 38). Dyspnoea developed in 22 (55%) of 40 patients (median time from illness onset to dyspnoea 8·0 days [IQR 5·0–13·0]). 26 (63%) of 41 patients had lymphopenia. All 41 patients had pneumonia with abnormal findings on chest CT. Complications included acute respiratory distress syndrome (12 [29%]), RNAaemia (six [15%]), acute cardiac injury (five [12%]) and secondary infection (four [10%]). 13 (32%) patients were admitted to an ICU and six (15%) died. Compared with non-ICU patients, ICU patients had higher plasma levels of IL2, IL7, IL10, GSCF, IP10, MCP1, MIP1A, and TNFα. Interpretation The 2019-nCoV infection caused clusters of severe respiratory illness similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus and was associated with ICU admission and high mortality. Major gaps in our knowledge of the origin, epidemiology, duration of human transmission, and clinical spectrum of disease need fulfilment by future studies. Funding Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission.
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              Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Outbreak in 2019: Computed Tomographic Findings in Two Cases

              Since the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or officially named by the World Health Organization as COVID-19) outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 2019, there have been a few reports of its imaging findings. Here, we report two confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV pneumonia with chest computed tomography findings of multiple regions of patchy consolidation and ground-glass opacities in both lungs. These findings were characteristically located along the bronchial bundle or subpleural lungs.

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                Radiol Cardiothorac Imaging
                Radiol Cardiothorac Imaging
                Radiology. Cardiothoracic Imaging
                Radiological Society of North America
                06 April 2020
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                Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of CM, Zhengzhou 450000, Henan Province, China (Z.W., J.C., L.C., D.W.); Department of Radiology, The Fifth Hospital of Anyang, Anyang 455000, Henan Province, China (Y.C.); Department of Radiology, Zhumadian Central Hospital, Zhumadian 463000, Henan Province, China (L.Z.); GE Healthcare, Shanghai, 201203, China (H.L.); Department of Radiology, XinYang Central Hospital, Xinyang 464000, Henan Province, China (K.D.); Department of Radiology, Xinxian People's Hospital, Xinxin 465550, Henan Province, China (Z.L.)
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