Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (19): 10225-10227

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202010_23246

Mental health and counseling intervention for hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) during the COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives from Italy

G. Marano, E. Gaetani, A. Gasbarrini, L. Janiri, G. Sani, M. Mazza; on behalf of Multidisciplinary Gemelli Group for HHT

Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology, Department of Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Orthopedics, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, UniversitĂ  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy. mariannamazza@hotmail.com


OBJECTIVE: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is an inherited disorder of fibrovascular tissue, transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait. This rare disease can involve one or more organs and clinical manifestations interest several medical specialties.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A review of recent literature and our clinical experience shows that COVID-19 pandemic greatly influences the autonomy and psychic sphere of patients with HHT, causing them further distress.

RESULTS: Often patients affected by HHT experience a sense of loneliness due to the rarity of this pathology and COVID-19 pandemic adds a burden for them and their caregivers who have to face emotional experiences that interfere with personal, social and working functioning.

CONCLUSIONS: Multidisciplinary approach and web-mediated counseling intervention could offer a valid and personalized support for patients affected by HHT and their caregivers during quarantine due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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G. Marano, E. Gaetani, A. Gasbarrini, L. Janiri, G. Sani, M. Mazza; on behalf of Multidisciplinary Gemelli Group for HHT
Mental health and counseling intervention for hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) during the COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives from Italy

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 19
Pages: 10225-10227
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202010_23246