Management of Patients with Connective Tissue Disease-associated Interstitial Lung Diseases During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gurkan C. G., KARADOĞAN D., UFUK F., Cure O., Altinisik G.

TURKISH THORACIC JOURNAL, vol.22, no.4, pp.346-352, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/turkthoracj.2021.20172
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.346-352
  • Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, rheumatic diseases, radiology, lung imaging, management, RHEUMATOID-ARTHRITIS
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is similar to connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung diseases (CTD-ILD) in many aspects. However, patients with CTD-ILD have required particular attention during the pandemic since they are at high risk due to -immunosuppressive treatments. Thus, prompt decisions for diagnosis and treatment initiation have become more important than earlier for these patients during the pandemic. Radiological perspectives have become inevitable for the differential diagnosis of this group -during the pandemic, particularly to obtain rapid and accurate results that allow the physicians to start treatment immediately. However, in addition to radiological images, a definitive diagnosis also requires access to extensive information regarding patient history, including characteristics of comorbidities, and clinical and serological findings. Consequently, the differential diagnosis of COVID-19 and CTD-ILD can yield accurate treatment regimens that differ greatly between the 2 diseases, and also prevent the spread of the outbreak with COVID-19 patients treated under isolation.