COVID-19 and Acute Lupus Pneumonitis: Diagnostic and Treatment Dilemma

Asim Kichloo, Michael Aljadah, Michael Albosta, Farah Wani, Jagmeet Singh, Shantanu Solanki

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Abstract

In this article, we present a case of a young female patient with previously diagnosed lupus pneumonitis, now with a flare and new superimposed COVID-19 infection that was treated with intravenous steroids. On computed tomography scans, she had extensive interstitial lung fibrosis in addition to a positive COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test requiring 6 L of oxygen via nasal cannula on admission. After administration of methylprednisolone, the patient improved and was weaned off her oxygen requirements and was discharged home.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • lupus
  • pneumonia
  • pneumonitis

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