Recurrent positive nucleic acid detection in a recovered COVID-19 patient: A case report and literature review

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Version 2. Respir Med Case Rep. 2020 Jul 10;31:101152. doi: 10.1016/j.rmcr.2020.101152. eCollection 2020.


OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of recurrent positive nucleic acid detection in a recovered coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient and to provide clinical data for the further study of COVID-19.

METHODS: A case of COVID-19 was retrospectively analyzed, and the relevant literature was reviewed.

RESULTS: Based on the 6th edition of the COVID-19 treatment plan, the patient met the discharge standards after treatment and was discharged after consultation with the expert panel. Two weeks after discharge, nucleic acid testing of a sputum sample for severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was positive again. There may be various reasons.

CONCLUSION: Recurring positive SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid tests pose a formidable challenge, and more stringent discharge standards should be considered. When considering recurrent positive nucleic acid results in COVID-19 patients, the clinicians should have a rational judgment.

PMID:32704471 | PMC:PMC7351047 | DOI:10.1016/j.rmcr.2020.101152

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