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We read with great interest the article by Gianfrancesco et al concerning characteristics associated with hospitalisation for COVID-19 in people with rheumatic disease: data from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance physician-reported registry. In this study, the authors mentioned that glucocorticoid exposure of ≥10 mg/day is associated with higher odds of hospitalisation and antitumour necrosis factor with decreased odds of hospitalisation in patients with rheumatic disease.1 We also aimed to present a case of microscopic polyanitis (MPA) with a diagnostic challenge with COVID-19 pneumonia. A previously healthy man in his 70s, who had complaints of malaise, fever, cough, tachypnea, dyspnoea was admitted to the emergency. Chest CT (CCT) scan revealed peripheral focal ground-glass opacities (GGOs) and infiltrations in the lower and upper lobes on the right and the left middle zones (figure 1). The patient was admitted to the intensive care unit with a prediagnosis of COVID-19 pneumonia and was intubated due to severe acute respiratory failure. Two nasopharyngeal swabs …
Contributors SK: concepts, design, definition of intellectual content, literature search, data acquisition, manuscript preparation and manuscript editing. AC: patient treatment and follow-up. KA: patient treatment and follow-up, manuscript editing, manuscript review. HAS: patient treatment and follow-up.
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Competing interests None declared.
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