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Human Phenotype

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    Management of rheumatic diseases MESHD in the times of COVID-19 pandemic- perspectives of rheumatology practitioners from India

    Authors: Latika Gupta; Durga Misra; Vishwesh Agarwal; Suma Balan; Vikas Agarwal

    doi:10.1101/2020.04.03.20048389 Date: 2020-04-07 Source: medRxiv

    Background. The Coronavirus disease MESHD 19 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to widespread concerns about the risk of infection TRANS risk of infection TRANS infection MESHD in patients with rheumatic diseases MESHD ( RD MESHD) receiving disease modifying ant-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and other immunosuppressants (IS). Methods. A SurveyMonkey based electronic survey was conducted amongst members of the Indian Rheumatology Association to understand the need for changes in prevailing practices. Results. Of the 861 invitees, 221 responded. In the wake of the pandemic, 47.5% would reduce biological DMARDs (bDMARDs) while only 12.2% would reduce the use of conventional synthetic DMARDs. 64.2% were likely to defer change in IS, the reluctance being most with rituximab (58.3%) followed by cyclophosphamide (53.3%), anti- tumor MESHD necrosis MESHD factor alpha agents (52.4%) and Janus kinase inhibitors (34.39%). Hydroxychloroquine was the preferred choice (81.9%) for the treatment of COVID-19 followed by protease inhibitors (22.1%) and intravenous immunoglobulin (8.1%). Chloroquine was less preferred (19%). More than two-thirds (70.5%) believed that COVID-19 might trigger macrophage activation syndrome MESHD. Social distancing (98.1%) and hand hygiene (74.6%) were recommended by majority. 62.8% would avoid touch for clinical examination whenever feasible. Conclusion. Most rheumatologists perceived the need to change treatment of RDs during the COVID-19 pandemic; reduce immunosuppression and defer the usage of rituximab and bDMARDs.

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MeSH Disease
Human Phenotype

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