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We read with interest the study of Monti et al,1 the first rheumatic disease cases with COVID-19. In detail, the authors described the clinical course of COVID-19 in a series of 11 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, one with psoriatic arthritis and one with spondyloarthritis treated with immunosuppressive targeted therapies. Here, we describe the main characteristics of four patients with Behçet’s disease (BD) with COVID-19.
Data on patients with systemic autoimmune diseases with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection are currently lacking. Data from the first 110 patients included in the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)–COVID-19 Database have been recently published.2
Here we describe, to our knowledge, the first single-centre experience of COVID-19 in patients who fulfilled the international criteria for BD,3 including clinical characteristics, antiviral and immunomodulatory treatment, and outcomes. All patients gave informed consent for publishing their clinical data. We used nasopharyngeal swab samples for all diagnoses, amplifying …
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