Int J Clin Pract. 2020 Aug 8:e13654. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.13654. Online ahead of print.
PURPOSE: Severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia is associated with a high mortality. However, the evolution of computed tomography (CT) manifestations of severe COVID-19 pneumonia remains unclear, more evidence regarding its evolution process is urgent needed.
METHOD: The clinical, laboratory and imaging data of eleven patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia were collected to investigate the evolution process of severe COVID-19 cases.
RESULTS: The main initial CT manifestations of severe COVID-19 pneumonia were multiple ground-glass opacities and/or consolidation. Evolution of CT manifestations showed that acute exudative lesions of severe COVID-19 pneumonia could be gradually resolved after active intervention.
CONCLUSIONS: Most of patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia showed marked improvement of acute exudative lesions on chest imagings, and satisfactory prognosis of severe COVID-19 pneumonia could be achieved after active treatment.