Zen Mumbai: Man with post COVID fibrosis recovers

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Dr Arvind Kate

Doctors at Mumbai's Zen Multispeciality Hospital have given a new lease of life to a 57-year-old man who had lung fibrosis due to Covid 19.

The patient was in respiratory failure with high oxygen requirement and his oxygenation was 80% on 15 litres of oxygen.

He was treated with oxygen therapy, steroids, Pirfenidone, Bipap, and physiotherapy. The patient can do his daily activities with ease now.

Shravan Oberoi (Name changed), a resident of Chembur, developed  breathing problems in April, 2020. He visited a local doctor who gave medications but that did not improve his condition.

Later, his health deteriorated and he was admitted to a hospital in Western Suburb, on June 2. A Covid swab was done on June 10 and he tested positive for Coronavirus on June 12. He was then treated for Covid 19.

Again, a swab was done on June 22 and he was declared negative for Covid on June 24. After Covid swab turned negative, patient was shifted to Zen Multispeciality Hospital for further management. On arrival to Zen, he was in respiratory failure. His CT scan of the chest showed extensive lung fibrosis.

Dr Arvind Kate, Chest Physician, Zen Multispeciality Hospital, said, “Lung fibrosis can be termed as a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it difficult for the lungs to function properly.

"As lung fibrosis worsens, one becomes progressively shorter of breath. When the patient was admitted, he was critical, on non-invasive ventilator, oxygen therapy, and in respiratory failure on June 26 at Zen Hospital. He was treated with oxygen therapy, steroids, Pirfenidone, Bipap, and physiotherapy. His was in the ICU for 12 days. His condition improved within 3 weeks and he was able to do his daily chores on his own. On discharge, his oxygen level was 93%," explained the doctor.

"The patient was discharged on July 23 on home oxygen therapy. Post-Covid lung fibrosis needs equally efficient treatment in the near future. We may get such patient with post Covid lung fibrosis. As Covid centres are geared up for Covid management, the non-covid centre also requires to be equally efficient and receptive to treat post-Covid fibrosis," he added.


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