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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 93-95

Lifesaving combined treatment in a rapidly progressive COVID-19 pneumonia case with extensive lung involvement


1 Chronic Respiratory Diseases Research Center, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NRITLD), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Clinical Tuberculosis and Epidemiology Research Centre, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NRITLD), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Mycobacteriology Research Center, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (NRITLD), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Seyed Mohammad Reza Hashemian
Chronic Respiratory Diseases Research Center, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NRITLD), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_134_20

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COVID-19 pneumonia has rapid development into a global pandemic. For the infected patients, it is an urgent matter to improve the cure rate and reduce the death rate, but there are no effective antiviral drugs for COVID-19 so far. There is an urgent need for effective treatment. The current focus has been on the development of novel therapeutics, including antivirals and vaccines. One of these drugs, Favipiravir (Avigan), an antiviral agent approved for use in influenza in Japan, is being studied for the treatment of COVID-19. Herein, we report a patient; a 53 Y/O man without any underlying disease, developed COVID19 pneumonia rapidly and well respond to combination treatment including Dexamethasone, Favipiravir, and IFN-β-1a.


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