The first case of COVID-19 pneumonia in a hemodialysis patient in Japan

Yusuke Kuroki, Kazutoshi Hiyama, Junya Minami, Miyoshi Takeuchi, Masumi Shojima, Shumei Matsueda, Hiroshi Nagae, Toshiaki Nakano

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On 31 December 2019, cases of pneumonia whose cause was later identified as SARS-CoV-2 were detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China, and now COVID-19 has spread worldwide. On March 1, 2020, a 69-year-old Japanese man who had been on hemodialysis for 3 years was diagnosed as having COVID-19 pneumonia and hospitalized at our Medical Center. Pulmonary CT revealed bilateral multiple consolidation with bilateral pleural effusion. Aggressive weight reduction was needed to improve the patient's respiratory condition. Hemodialysis therapy was performed in isolation with hydroxychloroquine administration, but the formation of a dialysis membrane clot forced the withdrawal of dialysis therapy. Changing the dialysis membrane material and anticoagulant enabled the resumption of dialysis therapy, allowing the body weight to correct downward. On the 5th hospitalization day, the patient's fever dropped and he showed improved oxygenation and chest X-ray. He was eventually discharged. The hydroxychloroquine and appropriate fluid management may have contributed to the patient's recovery. Clinicians should pay close attention to avoid dialysis-related problems when treating a patient with COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalCEN case reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2020

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  • Medicine(all)


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