Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: Two Complications of COVID-19 Pneumonia?

  • Erika Poggiali Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Davide Bastoni Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Eva Ioannilli Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Andrea Vercelli Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Andrea Magnacavallo Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy

Keywords

COVID-19 pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis, venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism, heparin

Abstract

Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a worldwide infection which was recently declared a global health emergency by the WHO Emergency Committee. The most common symptoms are fever and cough, which can progress to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and/or end-organ failure. Risk factors associated with ARDS and death are older age, comorbidities (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia), neutrophilia, and organ and coagulation dysfunction. Disseminated intravascular coagulation and coagulopathy can contribute to death. Anticoagulant treatment is associated with decreased mortality in severe COVID-19 pneumonia. In this report we describe two patients with COVID-19 pneumonia who developed venous thromboembolism.

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  • Published: 2020-04-08

    Issue: Vol 7 No 5 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Poggiali, E., Bastoni, D., Ioannilli, E., Vercelli, A., & Magnacavallo, A. (2020). Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: Two Complications of COVID-19 Pneumonia?. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 7(5). https://doi.org/10.12890/2020_001646

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