Cecal Perforation in a COVID-19 Patient Treated with Tocilizumab: A Case Report

Cecal Perforation in a COVID-19 Patient Treated with Tocilizumab: A Case Report

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Victor Dominguez Prieto
Surgery Department, Hospital Universitario Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid, Spain

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Tocilizumab is a monoclonal antibody against the interleukin-6 receptor. Gastrointestinal perforation has been associated with Tocilizumab treatment. In the absence of specific antiviral drugs, Tocilizumab is currently being used as a treatment option in patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia. This is being based on the implication of interleukin-6 in the aberrant host immune response that characterizes the disease and initiates patients' lung damage. Herein we present the case of a cecal perforation in a patient treated with Tocilizumab for COVID-19. In such context, we expect that there may be an increase in the incidence of gastrointestinal perforation related to Tocilizumab.

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Case Report
Publication history
Received: Tue 27, Jul 2021
Accepted: Wed 11, Aug 2021
Published: Thu 09, Sep 2021
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© 2021 Victor Dominguez Prieto. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.31487/j.SCR.2021.08.21