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COVID-19 Patient In Pune Recovers After Plasma Therapy: Hospital

Gustavo Carr | 24 May, 2020, 01:41

The woman has multiple co-morbidities including hypertension, hypothyroidism and obesity.

Mt. Sinai analysed outcomes for 39 hospitalised patients with severe COVID-19 who received convalescent plasma transfusions compared to outcomes for patients with carefully matched medical status. According to sources, she has tested negative after two rounds of tests but will be kept under observation at the government hospital.

Eight critically ill Covid-19 patients have so far been given convalescent plasma therapy under the supervision of the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) formed to tackle the coronavirus situation in the country.

After two weeks, the disease worsened in 18 per cent of the plasma patients and 24 per cent of the control patients. Two physicians, who recently recovered from Covid-19, donated the plasma samples. When injected into the blood of another patient, these antibodies are supposed to help that person fight the infection.

All the hospitals are collaborating with the Haematology Department of DMCH on the plasma therapy, Prof MA Khan said.

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However, Covid-19 convalescent plasma has not yet been approved for use by the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration and is now being regulated as an investigational product. This is the city's first successful plasma therapy recovery. "I hope the patients recover soon", he said.

The plasma was infused in the 47-year-old patient on May 10 and 11 (200 ml each on both days).

The study showed a trend toward better survival rates, but the number of patients was small and the results can not be interpreted as applying to patients on mechanical ventilators, researchers at New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Centre said. On May 20, the plasma was infused in another patient.

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