Hemoptysis as an Initial presentation of COVID19 – An Observation. J Assoc Physicians

Post Date: November 24, 2021

Since the emergence of the novel corona virus in December 2019 in China, the virus has spread extensively in India as well. With increasing reach and number, this virus has become a global pandemic in no time. The common presenting signs and symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and dyspnea. In view of the complications of Covid-19, the presenting symptom and radiological features of patients can be very atypical; hence early diagnosis remains a challenge.

We present a case of a 60-year-old Diabetic female, presented to the emergency department with a history of hemoptysis in a Tertiary care hospital in India. She reported having expectorated 3 to 4 times streaky amount of blood. She denied any other symptoms, breathlessness, chest pain or fever. Her vital parameters were Heart rate- 100/min, Blood pressure- 110/70mm Hg, Respiratory rate- 30/min, Oxygen saturation-98% on room air. Systemic examination was essentially normal. Chest radiograph PA was done that was essentially normal.