A fine balance: Immunosuppression and immunotherapy in a patient with multiple sclerosis and COVID-19

Cristina Valencia-Sanchez, Dean M. Wingerchuk

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Abstract

Background: Treatment decisions in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are challenging. It is not known whether and how various disease modifying therapies, especially immunosuppressive drugs, affect COVID-19 risk and disease course. Methods: Case report Results: We report a fingolimod-treated MS patient who developed severe COVID-19 but recovered after treatment with tocilizumab. Conclusion: This report suggests that a brief course of tocilizumab for the treatment of severe COVID-19 may be effective while not aggravating pre-existing MS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102182
JournalMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Fingolimod
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tocilizumab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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