Rapid Radiological Worsening and Cytokine Storm Syndrome in COVID-19 Pneumonia
KeywordsCOVID-19, coronavirus, cytokine storm syndrome, computed tomography, corticosteroids
Background: In June 2020, a large randomised controlled clinical trial in the UK found that dexamethasone was effective in reducing the number of deaths in patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Case description: We describe a patient with rapid worsening of COVID-19 pneumonia and its dramatic improvement under corticosteroids.
Discussion: Corticosteroids could be useful in patients with an inflammatory profile, considering that acute respiratory distress syndrome may be the consequence of cytokine storm syndrome.
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