A case of acute respiratory distress syndrome: An unusual presentation of post-COVID-19
Nurul Aizam Mohd Azmi 1 , Juliawati Muhammad 1 * , Siti Suhaila Mohd Yusoff 1
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1 Department of Family Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, MALAYSIA* Corresponding Author


Background: COVID-19 is an infectious condition caused by SARS-CoV-2. This virus does not only cause acute infection but also can cause long-term sequelae such as post-COVID-19, which involves multisystem especially respiratory system. However, it is still unclear about the pathophysiology, manifestation, risk factors, and treatment of post-COVID-19 and its sequelae.
Case Report: This case report highlights an unusual clinical case in a healthy young smoker, 25 days after a mild COVID-19 infection. He presented with severe pulmonary symptoms which fulfilled the criteria of acute respiratory distress syndrome without evidence of infective cause.
Conclusion: This case suggests smokers are susceptible to develop post-acute lung sequelae without prior severe COVID-19 infection or presence of comorbidities. This instance emphasizes the need for more studies looking into the relationship between post-infectious pulmonary sequelae and smoking. Hence, help further management of post-COVID-19 in smokers.


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Article Type: Case Report

ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2022, Volume 19, Issue 6, Article No: em417


Publication date: 02 Oct 2022

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