Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (22): 11960-11963

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202011_23857

Case report of COVID-19 in an elderly patient: could SARS-CoV2 trigger myositis?

M.C. Sacchi, S. Tamiazzo, E.C. Lauritano, R. Bonometti

Autoimmunology and Analisys Laboratory Unit, Santi Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo Hospital, Alessandria, Italy. ramona.bonometti@gmail.com


Though the exact etiology of autoimmune diseases still remains not completely known, there are various factors which are known to contribute to be trigger of autoimmune diseases. Viral infection is known to be among the other. It is known as the infection from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) can be an autoimmune trigger, so, we suppose that SARS-Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) could be as well.

Several authors have highlighted the temporal consequence between SARS-CoV-2 and autoimmune diseases.

In this case report we described a patient admitted for COVID-19 pneumonia with completely negative autoimmunity at admission who developed major pulmonary interstitial disease. During the hospitalization the weaning difficulties from oxygen led us to the repetition of autoimmunity pattern which became positive (both during hospitalization then after two months from dismission) with marked positivity for specific antibodies for myositis even after the patient’s infectious healing. In the follow-up, the patient continued to have asthenia and muscle weakness despite steroid therapy. She is still in follow-up and will be further evaluated over time.

Can we therefore think that in this case the development of autoimmunity can persist beyond the infectious phase and determine over time the development of a real autoimmune myositis?

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M.C. Sacchi, S. Tamiazzo, E.C. Lauritano, R. Bonometti
Case report of COVID-19 in an elderly patient: could SARS-CoV2 trigger myositis?

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 22
Pages: 11960-11963
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202011_23857