Turkish Thoracic Journal
Case report

COVID-19 Pneumonia and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Novel Combination


Department of Pulmonology, Koç University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Turk Thorac J 2020; 21: 451-453
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2020.20123
Read: 294 Downloads: 105 Published: 09 December 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become a game changer in many aspects of clinical practice. Acute exacerbations of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) are known as serious events, which can reach a mortality rate of 50%, where viral infections may play a role. We describe the case of a 64-year-old male patient with a diagnosis of IPF under antifibrotic treatment for 1 year; the patient tested positive for COVID-19 with polymerase chain reaction test of the nasopharyngeal swab, and his chest computed tomography results were compatible with COVID-19 pneumonia described in the literature as well as the findings compatible with interstitial lung disease. The patient was successfully treated in the pulmonology ward according to official guidelines about COVID-19 along with antifibrotic treatment and required only a short course of oxygen therapy. We experienced no drug interactions, serious side effects, or complications during treatment. The patient was discharged after 1 week, and he is still in a good condition after 3 weeks. COVID-19 pneumonia in a patient with IPF who survived under antifibrotic treatment without serious deterioration is a new experience. Such cases will probably change our perspective in treating patients with IPF.

Cite this article as: Uzel FI, İliaz S, Karataş F, Çağlayan B. COVID-19 pneumonia and ıdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A novel combination. Turk Thorac J 2020; 21(6): 451-3.

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