COVID-19 Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 12 pp 11259—11262
Lessons from a lumbar burst fracture patient infected with SARS-CoV-2
- 1 Department of Spine Surgery, Wuhan Puren Hospital, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081, Hubei, China
- 2 Department of Orthopedic Trauma, Wuhan Puren Hospital, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081, Hubei, China
- 3 Graduate School of Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081, Hubei, China
Received: April 9, 2020 Accepted: May 14, 2020 Published: June 22, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.103414
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In December 2019, the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) began spreading in China. At present, there are no special protocols for treating lumbar burst fracture (LBF) patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. Here, we present our lessons and experiences with a patient presenting with a severe LBF complicated by an occult SARS-CoV-2 infection. The clinical data for a 52-year-old male LBF patient were collected during the incubation period of COVID-19. The patient exhibited no obvious COVID-19-related symptoms prior to his surgery, and his vital signs were stable on the first day after the operation. By postoperative day 3, however, the patient was exhibiting chills and high fever. A chest CT showed a patchy high-density shadow surrounded by ground-glass opacity in the lower portion of his right lung. A nucleic acid test for SARS-CoV-2 was positive, and the patient was then transferred to the Department of Infectious Disease for further special treatment. This case taught that when treating patients with severe trauma within an epicenter of this pandemic, it is crucial for healthcare workers to be vigilant so as to avoid potential widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 within hospitals.