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The spectrum of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ranges from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory distress syndrome ("ARDS") and patient death. Severely affected patients may develop a cytokine storm-like clinical syndrome with high mortality. Laboratory tests in these patients show an excessive and uncontrolled immune response with consecutive multi-organ failure. In addition, there is evidence for the development of prothrombotic autoantibodies as an epiphenomenon of "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2" (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Therapeutic plasma exchange ("TPE") is being discussed as a therapeutic alternative in patients with severe, refractory COVID-19. The idea is that plasma exchange eliminates both endogenous and exogenous inducers of an exuberant inflammatory response as well as prothrombotic factors, thus breaking the secondary vicious circle of SARS-CoV-2 infection. In general, TPE is a safe procedure with known efficacy in other severe viral diseases as well as in cytokine storm-like diseases and ARDS of other geneses. Moreover, initial data, mostly derived from case studies, demonstrate promising therapeutic efficacy of TPE in severe COVID-19 courses with previously lacking treatment options. To further evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of TPE in severe COVID-19, a prospective randomized controlled trial of TPE in severe SARS-CoV-2 infection is being conducted at our center. Patients will be randomized to a control group (standard therapy according to center standards) and a therapy/intervention group (standard therapy + TPE).


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NCT number NCT04685655
Study type Interventional
Source Heidelberg University
Contact Christian Nusshag, MD
Phone +496221-5634952
Email Christian.Nusshag@med.uni-heidelberg.de
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 7, 2020
Completion date September 30, 2023

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