IS ALBUMIN PREDICTOR OF MORTALITY IN COVID-19 ?
Antioxid Redox Signal. 2020 Jun 11;:
Authors: Violi F, Cangemi R, Romiti GF, Ceccarelli G, Oliva A, Alessandri F, Pirro M, Pignatelli P, Lichtner M, Carraro A, Cipollone F, d'ardes D, Pugliese F, Mastroianni C
Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) is a pandemic associated with a high risk of mortality. Human serum albumin (HSA) is an acute phase reactant with antioxidant property, however its behavior and impact on survival in Covid-19 patients has never been studied so far. Among 319 Covid-19 patients followed-up for a median of 19 days, 64 died. Compared to survivors, non-survivors had more prevalence of Intensive care unit (ICU) admission, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, elevated levels of D-dimer, hs-CRP and troponins and lower values of albumin. At the Cox regression analysis, albumin (HR: 0.38, 95% CI: 0.23-0.63, p<0.001) and age (HR: 1.03, 95% CI: 1.01-1.06, p=0.001) were independently associated with mortality, irrespective of adjustment for sex, ICU admission, heart failure, COPD and hs-CRP levels. Our observation leads to the hypothesis that HSA analysis may be used to identify patients at higher risk of death in Covid-19 patients.
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