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A woman diagnosed with coronavirus was admitted to SUM COVID Hospital where she recovered after a 12 day struggle with multiple health issues

A 40-year-old woman diagnosed with coronavirus was admitted to SUM COVID Hospital. “She was diagnosed with Covid-19 at another hospital, transferred to the SUM COVID Hospital with multiple health issues including breathlessness, fast heartbeat, high respiratory rate, low blood pressure, and high temperature, informed Dr. Rajesh Lenka, Chief Nodal Officer, SUM COVID Hospitals.

“Initially we diagnosed her with COVID pneumonia and she slowly responded to treatment, but subsequently she was found to be suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), also known as Lupus”. The patient had been suffering from undiagnosed Lupus for around three years and it was a challenging job to handle such a case in the present circumstances”, Dr. Samir Sahu, Clinical Head of the SUM COVID Hospital, said.

The patient had hypothyroid, fever, joint pain, loss of hair, tightening of skin, and red patches on her face. Even as she was being treated in the ICU, investigations continued to determine her underlying medical condition since both Covid-19 and Lupus had similar lab parameters it was difficult to ascertain her condition”, Dr. Pradeepta Shekhar Patro, Rheumatologist and Clinical Immunologist of IMS and SUM Hospital said.

Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. The patient completely recovered after 12 days of sustained treatment when she tested negative for Covid-19 and her platelet count increased from 40,000 to 1,20,000. She was discharged from the hospital subsequently.

Apart from the above, the team of doctors treating the lady included Dr. S.S.Mohapatra, Head of Radiology department and Advisor, SUM COVID Hospital, Dr. Iswar Chandra Behera, Critical Care specialist and Dr. Banani Jena, Head of Department, Pulmonary Medicine. IMS and SUM Hospital, faculty of medical sciences of the SOA Deemed to be University, has been operating three COVID Hospitals in the state at Bhubaneswar, Talcher and Kendrapara.

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