COVID-19 pneumonia

Case contributed by Fabio Macori
Diagnosis certain


Presented to ED with respiratory distress and dyspnea

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Male

There are bilateral large areas of ground-glass opacities with crazy paving and, more evident at both bases, areas of consolidation. Enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes.

One day later


AP chest radiograph for CVC position shows the presence of extensive bilateral ground-glass opacities as demonstrated on the recent CT. Also right IJV catheter and ETT noted. 

Case Discussion

This patient tested positive for COVID-19. The causative agent, SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus is spreading throughout the world. After China, which accounts for the majority of global cases, Italy is one of the nations with the highest number of confirmed infected cases (as of 9 March 2020). Early diagnosis improves the patient's outcome and the CT findings have been shown to be more sensitive than the confirmatory RT-PCR test for diagnosis in early disease.

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