Endocrine Journal
Online ISSN : 1348-4540
Print ISSN : 0918-8959
ISSN-L : 0918-8959
Successful management of a patient with active Cushing‍’‍s disease complicated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia
Akiko YunoYoshiyuki KenmotsuYuka TakahashiHiroshi NomotoHiraku KamedaKyu ‍Yong ChoAkinobu NakamuraYu YamashitaJunichi NakamuraSho NakakuboKeisuke KamadaMasaru SuzukiHirokazu SuginoNaoko InoshitaSatoshi KonnoHideaki MiyoshiTatsuya AtsumiYutaka SawamuraAkira Shimatsu
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We provide the details of the successful management of a patient with active Cushing’s disease complicated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia. The patient was a 27-year-old Japanese female healthcare worker who was scheduled to undergo pituitary surgery for Cushing’s disease. She had been in close contact with an undiagnosed patient infected with COVID-19 and then developed COVID-19 pneumonia. Despite a lack of known risk factors associated with severe COVID-19 infection, the patient’s dyspnea worsened and her respiratory condition deteriorated, as indicated by the need for 7 L/min oxygen supply by mask to maintain her oxygen saturation at >90%. Medical treatment was initiated to control hypercortisolism by the ‘block and replace’ regimen using steroidogenesis inhibitors and hydrocortisone. The COVID-19 pneumonia improved with multi-modal treatment including antiviral therapy. One month later, after a negative severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) test result and with appropriate protection against virus transmission to medical staff in the operating room and daily medical care nurses, trans-sphenoidal surgery was performed by our highly experienced pituitary surgeon. One month after the surgery, the patient’s basal ACTH and cortisol levels and urinary free cortisol were all under the detection limit. Surgical remission was expected. Since hypercortisolism due to active Cushing’s disease may worsen a COVID-19 infection, multi-disciplinary management that includes appropriate and prompt treatment strategies is mandatory in such cases.

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