Publications by authors named "Nasim Khajavirad"

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Interpretation of Hematological, Biochemical, and Immunological Findings of COVID-19 Disease: Biomarkers Associated with Severity and Mortality.

Iran J Allergy Asthma Immunol 2021 Feb 11;20(1):46-66. Epub 2021 Feb 11.

Department of Biostatistics and Social Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran.

The severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spread rapidly all over the world in late 2019 and caused critical illness and death in some infected patients. This study aimed at examining several laboratory factors, especially inflammatory and immunological mediators, to identify severity and mortality associated biomarkers. Ninety-three hospitalized patients with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were classified based on disease severity. The levels of biochemical, hematological, immunological, and inflammatory mediators were assessed, and their association with severity and mortality were evaluated. Hospitalized patients were mostly men (77.4%) with an average (standard deviation) age of 59.14 (14.81) years. The mortality rate was significantly higher in critical patients (85.7%). Increased serum levels of blood sugar, urea, creatinine, uric acid, phosphorus, total bilirubin, serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase, lactic dehydrogenase, C-reactive protein, ferritin, and procalcitonin were significantly prevalent (p=0.002, p<0.001, p<0.001, p=0.014, p=0.047, p=0.003, p<0.001, p<0.001, p<0.001, p<0.001, P<0.001, and p<0.001, respectively) in COVID-19 patients. Decreased red blood cell, hemoglobin, and hematocrit were significantly prevalent among COVID-19 patients than healthy control subjects (p<0.001 for all). Troponin-I, interleukin-6, neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), procalcitonin, and D-dimer showed a significant association with the mortality of patients with specificity and sensitivity more than 60%. Age, sex, underlying diseases, blood oxygen pressure, complete blood count along with C-reactive protein, lactic dehydrogenase, procalcitonin, D-dimer, and interleukin-6 evaluation help to predict the severity and required management for COVID-19 patients. Further investigations are highly recommended in a larger cohort study for validation of the present findings.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.18502/ijaai.v20i1.5412DOI Listing
February 2021

Proven Aspergillus flavus pulmonary aspergillosis in a COVID-19 patient: A case report and review of the literature.

Mycoses 2021 Feb 11. Epub 2021 Feb 11.

Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Severe COVID-19 patients complicated with aspergillosis are increasingly reported. We present a histopathological proven case of fatal COVID-19-associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA), due to Aspergillus flavus. This report and existing published literature indicate diagnostic challenges and poor outcomes of CAPA in ICU patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/myc.13255DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8014135PMC
February 2021

Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of 905 COVID-19 Patients Admitted to Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex in the Capital City of Tehran, Iran.

Arch Iran Med 2020 11 1;23(11):766-775. Epub 2020 Nov 1.

Cancer Research Center, Cancer Institute of Iran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Background: We studied the clinical characteristics and outcomes of 905 hospitalized coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients admitted to Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex (IKHC), Tehran, Iran.

Methods: COVID-19 patients were recruited based on clinical symptoms and patterns of computed tomography (CT) imaging between February 20 and March 19. All patients were tested for the presence of COVID-19 RNA. The Poisson regression model estimated the incidence rate ratio (IRR) for different parameters.

Results: The average age (± standard deviation) was 56.9 (±15.7) years and 61.77% were male. The most common symptoms were fever (93.59%), dry cough (79.78%), and dyspnea (75.69%). Only 43.76% of patients were positive for the RT-PCR COVID-19 test. Prevalence of lymphopenia was 42.9% and more than 90% had elevated lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) or C-reactive protein (CRP). About 11% were severe cases, and 13.7% died in the hospital. The median length of stay (LOS) was 3 days. We found higher risks of mortality in patients who were older than 70 years (IRR = 11.77, 95% CI 3.63-38.18), underwent mechanical ventilation (IRR = 7.36, 95% CI 5.06-10.7), were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) (IRR = 5.47, 95% CI 4.00-8.38), tested positive on the COVID-19 test (IRR = 2.80, 95% CI 1.64-3.55), and reported a history of comorbidity (IRR = 1.76, 95% CI 1.07-2.89) compared to their corresponding reference groups. Hydroxychloroquine therapy was not associated with mortality in our study.

Conclusion: Older age, experiencing a severe form of the disease, and having a comorbidity were the most important prognostic factors for COVID-19 infection. Larger studies are needed to perform further subgroup analyses and verify high-risk groups.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.34172/aim.2020.102DOI Listing
November 2020

Intravenous methylprednisolone pulse as a treatment for hospitalised severe COVID-19 patients: results from a randomised controlled clinical trial.

Eur Respir J 2020 12 24;56(6). Epub 2020 Dec 24.

Rheumatology Research Center, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Introduction: There are no determined treatment agents for severe COVID-19. It is suggested that methylprednisolone, as an immunosuppressive treatment, can reduce the inflammation of the respiratory system in COVID-19 patients.

Methods: We conducted a single-blind, randomised controlled clinical trial involving severe hospitalised patients with confirmed COVID-19 at the early pulmonary phase of the illness in Iran. The patients were randomly allocated in a 1:1 ratio by the block randomisation method to receive standard care with methylprednisolone pulse (intravenous injection, 250 mg·day for 3 days) or standard care alone. The study end-point was the time of clinical improvement or death, whichever came first. Primary and safety analysis was done in the intention-to-treat (ITT) population.

Results: 68 eligible patients underwent randomisation (34 patients in each group) from April 20, 2020 to June 20, 2020. In the standard care group, six patients received corticosteroids by the attending physician before the treatment and were excluded from the overall analysis. The percentage of improved patients was higher in the methylprednisolone group than in the standard care group (94.1% 57.1%) and the mortality rate was significantly lower in the methylprednisolone group (5.9% 42.9%; p<0.001). We demonstrated that patients in the methylprednisolone group had a significantly increased survival time compared with patients in the standard care group (log-rank test: p<0.001; hazard ratio 0.293, 95% CI 0.154-0.556). Two patients (5.8%) in the methylprednisolone group and two patients (7.1%) in the standard care group showed severe adverse events between initiation of treatment and the end of the study.

Conclusions: Our results suggest that methylprednisolone pulse could be an efficient therapeutic agent for hospitalised severe COVID-19 patients at the pulmonary phase.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02808-2020DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7758541PMC
December 2020

Oropharyngeal candidiasis in hospitalised COVID-19 patients from Iran: Species identification and antifungal susceptibility pattern.

Mycoses 2020 Aug 23;63(8):771-778. Epub 2020 Jul 23.

Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Background: Emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a major healthcare threat. Apparently, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is armed by special abilities to spread and dysregulate the immune mechanisms. The likelihood of oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) development in COVID-19 patients with a list of attributable risk factors for oral infections has not yet been investigated.

Objectives: We here aim to investigate the prevalence, causative agents and antifungal susceptibility pattern of OPC in Iranian COVID-19 patients.

Patients And Methods: A total of 53 hospitalised COVID-19 patients with OPC were studied. Relevant clinical data were mined. Strain identification was performed by 21-plex PCR and sequencing of the internal transcribed spacer region (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2). Antifungal susceptibility testing to fluconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, amphotericin B, caspofungin, micafungin and anidulafungin was performed according to the CLSI broth dilution method.

Results: In 53 COVID-19 patients with OPC, cardiovascular diseases (52.83%) and diabetes (37.7%) were the principal underlying conditions. The most common risk factor was lymphopaenia (71%). In total, 65 Candida isolates causing OPC were recovered. C albicans (70.7%) was the most common, followed by C glabrata (10.7%), C dubliniensis (9.2%), C parapsilosis sensu stricto (4.6%), C tropicalis (3%) and Pichia kudriavzevii (=C krusei, 1.5%). Majority of the Candida isolates were susceptible to all three classes of antifungal drugs.

Conclusion: Our data clarified some concerns regarding the occurrence of OPC in Iranian COVID-19 patients. Further studies should be conducted to design an appropriate prophylaxis programme and improve management of OPC in critically ill COVID-19 patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/myc.13137DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7361944PMC
August 2020

Twelve Lessons on Hospital Leadership during COVID-19 Pandemic.

Arch Bone Jt Surg 2020 Apr;8(Suppl1):277-280

Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Coronavirus pandemic has been announced by World Health Organization Director General on March 11th, 2020. Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences, was one the first referral hospitals in the capital city of Tehran, I.R.Iran that entered the crisis and started a serious battle with the disease. The hospital had to change many routine operations to cope with the situation and during this journey, we used published leadership principles and reached to some new experiences. As this is probably the most severe health-related crisis in Iran in the past 100 years, we gathered our lessons learned in the first fifty days of epidemic from the leadership point of view to share those with all colleagues worldwide. We know that leadership is of pivotal role in such a massive crisis and focused leadership experiences can help health care providers to manage the crisis while we are in the middle of it.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.22038/abjs.2020.47829.2363DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7296595PMC
April 2020

Medical students' attitudes towards early clinical exposure in Iran.

Int J Med Educ 2016 Jun 19;7:195-9. Epub 2016 Jun 19.

Department of Medical Ethics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Objective: This study was carried out to investigate the medical students' attitudes towards early clinical exposure at Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted during 2012-2015. A convenience sample of 298 first- and second-year students, enrolled in the undergraduate medical curriculum, participated in an early clinical exposure program. To collect data from medical students, a questionnaire consisting of open-ended questions and structured questions, rated on a five-point Likert scale, was used to investigate students' attitudes toward early clinical exposure.

Results: Of the 298 medical students, 216 (72%) completed the questionnaires. The results demonstrated that medical students had a positive attitude toward early clinical exposure. Most students (80.1%) stated that early clinical exposure could familiarize them with the role of basic sciences knowledge in medicine and how to apply this knowledge in clinical settings. Moreover, 84.5% of them believed that early clinical exposure increased their interest in medicine and encouraged them to read more. Furthermore, content analysis of the students' responses uncovered three main themes of early clinical exposure, were considered helpful to improve learning: "integration of theory and practice", "interaction with others and professional development" and "desire and motivation for learning medicine".

Conclusions: Medical students found their first experience with clinical setting valuable. Providing clinical exposure in the initial years of medical curricula and teaching the application of basic sciences knowledge in clinical practice can enhance students' understanding of the role they will play in the future as a physician.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.5116/ijme.5749.78afDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4939216PMC
June 2016

Impact of Helicobacter pylori infection and microscopic duodenal histopathological changes on clinical symptoms of patients with functional dyspepsia.

Dig Dis Sci 2012 Apr 12;57(4):967-72. Epub 2011 Nov 12.

Department of Internal Medicine, Amir-Alam Hospital, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, North Sa'adi Street, 13145-784 Tehran, Iran.

Aim: To evaluate the microscopic histopathological changes in duodenal tissue and its relationship to the severity of symptoms in patients with functional dyspepsia while taking the effect of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection into account.

Methods: Several gastric and duodenal biopsy specimens were obtained in 217 patients with functional dyspepsia and were evaluated for H. pylori infection and histopathological changes. Severity of symptoms was assessed by Leeds Dyspepsia Questionnaire (LDQ) and its relationship to histopathological changes and H. pylori infection status was assessed.

Results: Helicobacter pylori infection was associated with presence and severity of microscopic duodenitis (p < 0.001). In H. pylori-infected patients, the presence of microscopic duodenitis was independent of microscopic gastritis (p = 0.74). Severity of dyspepsia symptoms was not higher in H. pylori-infected patients than non-infected patients (p = 0.15), but in the presence of H. pylori infection and microscopic gastritis, microscopic duodenitis significantly worsened the LDQ symptom severity score (p < 0.001). In multivariate analysis, the odds of experiencing severe symptoms in patients with severe microscopic duodenitis was 2.22 times greater than in individuals with very mild, mild, or moderate duodenitis.

Conclusions: Microscopic duodenitis in H. pylori-infected patients may play a major role in producing and aggravating symptoms in FD patients and may be a determinant factor to consider in whether to treat H. pylori infection in functional dyspepsia.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10620-011-1960-zDOI Listing
April 2012