The trouble is, "dexamethasone is already in short supply," said Randy Cron, M. So Cron and Winn Chatham, M. Outside of COVID, oncologists often use dexamethasone to treat hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a cytokine storm syndrome seen in patients with blood cancers such as leukemias and lymphomas. Rheumatologists such as Cron treat cytokine storm syndrome where it is commonly called macrophage activation syndrome in patients with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis using methylprednisolone.
Cron is a leading expert on cytokine storm syndrome, a potentially life-threatening overreaction by inflammatory immune proteins known as cytokines. In , he published the first textbook on cytokine storm syndrome. Anyone battling a serious infection, regardless of cause, may experience a cytokine storm, Cron said.
In addition to blood cancers and rheumatic diseases, cytokine storm syndrome is seen in herpes virus family member infections, and case reports have noted nearly different infectious agents that can cause cytokine storms. In patients with COVID, clinicians increasingly see cytokine storm syndrome as a major factor in poor outcomes. Cytokine storm syndrome develops in a large percentage of COVID patients who are ill enough to require hospitalization, Cron said.
Glucocorticoids, such as dexamethasone and methylprednisolone, are both "used to calm the cytokine storm," Cron said. The World Health Organization initially recommended against use of glucocorticoids in treating COVID because studies of their effectiveness when used against coronaviruses in SARS and MERS outbreaks had varying results, and glucocorticoids increase the risk of secondary infection in patients.
Patients in the study will be randomized to receive either 6mg daily of dexamethasone or 32mg daily of methylprednisolone. The goal is to reduce the need for invasive mechanical ventilation and ICU care. Methylprednisolone and dexamethasone have similar side-effect profiles, "but are often used at different glucocorticoid equivalent dosing" — methylprednisolone tends to be used at higher doses — "and they have different pharmacokinetics, which has implications for tapering dosing when patients are recovering," Cron said.
Patients will receive the drugs at the doses listed above for seven days or until they show stable improvement in oxygen saturation and lower levels of markers of cytokine storm syndrome, including serum ferritin, D-dimer and C-reactive protein. The thought is if both are equally effective, then physicians can use what is available to them to treat COVID cytokine storm syndrome.
And, by implication, other glucocorticoids will likely be equally effective at the glucocorticoid equivalent dosing. The researchers also plan to explore genetic risk factors that may be shared by COVID patients who develop cytokine storm syndrome. Cron and colleagues have identified genetic risk factors in other cytokine storm syndromes, including those triggered by H1N1 influenza.
A cytokine storm occurs when there is an excessive and uncontrolled release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. It can result in acute respiratory distress syndrome ARDS , multiple organ failure, and death. Clinical reports from China published by Zhang et al. Zhang et al. In the case of adrenal insufficiencies, it seems the consensus is to continue with standard glucocorticoid treatment including increased dosing during immunological stresses.
Further, patients on glucocorticoid treatment, regardless of reason, should be closely monitored. Overall, when treating endocrine patients, the JCEM editors suggest that preventing and treating COVID in endocrine patients should be no different than the general population, but healthcare providers do need to recognize that these patients are at greater risk for a more severe infection 1. Michael E. If there is an exacerbation of the disorder, treat it with the standard critical care measures even in the context of COVID infection.
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Different hospitals have different formulations: Lugol's Solution 8 drops 0. Iodine may be continued for up to ten days eventually the suppressive effect will wear off. For patients allergic to iodide, lithium may be used instead mg PO qhr, target lithium level of 0.
Graves disease. This is extremely safe available over-the-counter, for treatment of diarrhea. Dose is 4 grams orally q6hrs. Continue until patient is fully improved. Moderate tachycardia may be a compensatory response to shock, which improves cardiac output. Severe tachycardia may be pathological , reducing ventricular filling and thereby exacerbating cardiovascular dysfunction.
Vasopressors may be needed to maintain an adequate blood pressure. If the patient is already very tachycardic, phenylephrine might be a reasonable consideration to avoid exacerbating tachycardia. Magnesium repletion is a good first step for patients with atrial fibrillation and rapid ventricular rate. Hyperthyroidism itself may cause hypomagnesemia.
A moderate degree of compensatory tachycardia e. Tachycardia is not the primary problem here. Aggressive beta-blockade may cause more harm than benefit. The literature contains numerous reports of patients who crash within 6 hours of initiation of therapy for thyroid storm. In many of these cases, beta-blockade may be the cause of deterioration.
More on hemodynamic evaluation in heart failure here. Contraindications to beta-blockade: Shock especially cardiogenic shock with severely reduced ejection fraction Cardiogenic pulmonary edema Esmolol infusion is probably the safest initial agent [ Medscape monograph on esmolol ] Up-titrate to ensure that the patient can tolerate beta-blockade.
Japanese guidelines recommend esmolol, due to increased mortality in patients with heart failure treated with propranolol. Starting dose is mg PO q6hr. If tolerated, may up-titrate to a dose of 80 mg q6. However, induction of shivering is potentially dangerous, as this also increases myocardial workload. Fortunately, hyperthermia is due to increased heat generation by the tissues rather than a change in hypothalamic set point , so shivering may not be a problem in these patients.
Management Acetaminophen mg q6hr scheduled. Use of cooling blankets is recommended for high fever, if tolerated without shivering. Although this is dubious, it might be a reason to prefer olanzapine over haloperidol. Some patients will fail to respond to optimal medical management. Treatment options for refractory thyroid storm include plasmapheresis or thyroidectomy. Thyroid storm: an updated review. J Intensive Care Med.
December Low doses of cholestyramine in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Thyroid storm: a case of haemodynamic failure promptly reversed by aggressive medical therapy with antithyroid agents and steroid pulse. BMJ Case Rep. Hide glossary Glossary Study record managers: refer to the Data Element Definitions if submitting registration or results information. Search for terms. Save this study. Warning You have reached the maximum number of saved studies Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.
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High risk is defined based on serologic markers of inflammation that include abnormalities of Interleukin 6 IL-6 , Ferritin , D-dimer, Lactate Dehydrogenase LDH , as well as lymphopenia and impaired O2 saturation prior to or on the 7th day of first symptom of Covid Detailed Description:.
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