Taylor Brockman, BS; Leilani Hernandez, MPH; Tej Mehta, MD; Bipin Thapa, MD, MS, FACP
Introduction: A wide range of complications from COVID-19 are being reported, including cardiac complications.
Case Presentation: A 71-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus complicated by focal segmental glomerular sclerosis status post kidney transplant presented with worsening left-sided chest pain after receiving treatment for COVID-19 pneumonia at an outside hospital. She was subsequently diagnosed with acute pericarditis, likely secondary to viral infection with COVID-19, and was successfully treated with aspirin and colchicine for 90 days without complications.
Discussion: NSAIDs and colchicine are mainstays in acute pericarditis treatment. Though treatment presented a potential challenge given this patient’s prior kidney transplant, aspirin and colchicine proved to be effective in treating her case of COVID-19-associated pericarditis.
Conclusion: This report has implications for future treatment of renal transplant patients with COVID-19-related pericarditis and emphasizes the need for research into the pathophysiology of pericarditis in the context of COVID-19, including risk factors and treatment.