Rapid Radiological Worsening and Cytokine Storm Syndrome in COVID-19 Pneumonia

  • Yvon Ruch Department of Infectious Diseases, Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4713-9478
  • Charlotte Kaeuffer Department of Infectious Diseases, Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France
  • Aurélien Guffroy Department of Clinical Immunology and Internal Medicine, Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France
  • Nicolas Lefebvre Department of Infectious Diseases, Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France
  • Yves Hansmann Department of Infectious Diseases, Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France
  • François Danion Department of Infectious Diseases, Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France

Keywords

COVID-19, coronavirus, cytokine storm syndrome, computed tomography, corticosteroids

Abstract

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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  • Published: 2020-07-02

    Issue: Vol 7 No 7 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Ruch, Y., Kaeuffer, C., Guffroy, A., Lefebvre, N., Hansmann, Y., & Danion, F. (2020). Rapid Radiological Worsening and Cytokine Storm Syndrome in COVID-19 Pneumonia. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 7(7). https://doi.org/10.12890/2020_001822