Thoracic Research and Practice

Management of Patients with Connective Tissue Disease-associated Interstitial Lung Diseases During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Department of Chest Diseases, Süreyyapaşa Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Chest Diseases, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, School of Medicine, Rize, Turkey


Department of Radiology, Pamukkale University,School of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey


Department of Internal Diseases Rheumatology Subdivision, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, School of Medicine, Rize, Turkey


Department of Chest Diseases, Pamukkale University, School of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey

Thorac Res Pract 2021; 22: 346-352
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2021.20172
Read: 363 Downloads: 139 Published: 01 July 2021

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is similar to connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung diseases (CTD-ILD) in many aspects. However, patients with CTD-ILD have required particular attention during the pandemic since they are at high risk due to ­immunosuppressive treatments. Thus, prompt decisions for diagnosis and treatment initiation have become more important than earlier for these patients during the pandemic. Radiological perspectives have become inevitable for the differential diagnosis of this group ­during the pandemic, particularly to obtain rapid and accurate results that allow the physicians to start treatment immediately. However, in addition to radiological images, a definitive diagnosis also requires access to extensive information regarding patient history, including characteristics of comorbidities, and clinical and serological findings. Consequently, the differential diagnosis of COVID-19 and CTD-ILD can yield accurate treatment regimens that differ greatly between the 2 diseases, and also prevent the spread of the outbreak with COVID-19 patients treated under isolation.

Cite this article as: Gunduz Gurkan C, Karadogan D, Ufuk F, Cure O, Altinisik G. Management of patients with connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Turk Thorac J. 2021; 22(4): 346-352.224

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