Description of patients with severe covid-19 treated in a National Referral Hospital in Peru




Severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia, viral, emergency medical services, virus diseases, coronavirus infection, pandemics


In order to describe manifestations from patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), sociodemographic variables such as, previous medical history, clinical and radiological manifestations, treatments and evolution of patients were evaluated. This took place from March 6th to 25th, 2020, in the “Edgardo Rebagliati Martins” National Hospital in Lima. Seventeen patients were registered: 76% were male, with an average age of 53.5 years (range 25-94); 23.5% had returned from abroad; 41.2% were referred from other health facilities; 41.2% were admitted to mechanical ventilation; 29.4% (5 patients) died. The risk factors detected were: advanced age, arterial hypertension and obesity. The main symptoms detected were: cough, fever and dyspnea. Frequent laboratory findings were: elevated C-reactive protein and lymphopenia. The predominant radiological presentation was bilateral interstitial lung infiltrate. A first experience in the management of patients diagnosed with severe COVID-19 in Peru is reported.


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  • Jose Amado, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins, Lima, Perú. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú. especialista en Medicina Interna; doctor en Medicina
    Médico Internista. Magister en Docencia e Investigación en salud. Doctor en Medicina. Emergencia Adultos Hospital Rebagliati. Docente de la Facultad de Medicina UNMSM





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Acosta G, Escobar G, Bernaola G, Alfaro J, Taype W, Marcos C, et al. Description of patients with severe covid-19 treated in a National Referral Hospital in Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 16 [cited 2024 Jun. 12];37(2):253-8. Available from:

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