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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 171-173

Anti-interleukin-6 monoclonal antibody for cytokine storm in COVID-19


1 Department of Medicine, Hackensack Meridian Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ, USA
2 Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Hackensack Meridian Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune; Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, Nutley, NJ, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Steven Douedi
Department of Medicine, Hackensack Meridian Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, 1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/atm.ATM_286_20

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Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is known to cause severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome which may lead to death. Several treatments have been tested in the race to find a treatment regimen for this deadly viral infection. Tocilizumab, a recombinant humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody, has been used and found to be beneficial in patients with COVID-19 and in cytokine storm. We present the case of a young, otherwise healthy male, presenting with COVID-19 and successfully treated in the intensive care unit with tocilizumab.


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