COVID-19 in a Patient with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia with Pseudohypoxemia
KeywordsChronic lymphocytic leukaemia, COVID-19, coronavirus, pseudohypoxemia, sepsis
Infection with SARS-CoV-2 causes critical disease in approximately 5% of affected patients, particularly the elderly, hypertensive, obese and immunocompromised. Patients with haematological cancer, including chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), are particularly at risk of complications. Very rarely, patients with extreme leukocytosis may develop spurious hypoxemia, or pseudohypoxemia, which confuses the diagnosis of complications and can lead to intervention errors. We report the case of a patient with CLL, severe infection with SARS-CoV-2 and pseudohypoxemia.
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