An unusual association in a patient with COVID-19-related ARDS and bilateral pleural effusion

Antonio Cipolla, Antonio Faiello, Giuseppe Ielo, Giorgio Morana, Federica Lo Bello, Alfio Proietto, Carlo Vanchieri, Gaetano Caramori


We present the case of a 76-year-old female, previously diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis, that was admitted to our Unit of Pulmonology for acute hypoxemic respiratory failure secondary to COVID-19-related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and with bilateral pleural effusions. Despite the therapy the patient’s conditions gradually deteriorated during the hospital stay with progressive hypoxemia and the patient died 36 days after the admission


acute respiratory failure, sarcoidosis, pleural effusion, pneumonia

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