COVID-19 Patient In Pune Recovers After Plasma Therapy: Hospital

Henrietta Strickland
May 24, 2020

Civic hospitals in Mumbai were also using the drug to treat COVID-19 patients and it has given good results, he said.

The woman has multiple co-morbidities including hypertension, hypothyroidism and obesity.

Convalescent plasma therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from Covid-19.

Convalescent Plasma Therapy is an experimental procedure for Covid-19 patients in which plasma, a blood component, from a recovered Covid-19 patient is transfused to a critically- ill patient.

A bag containing blood plasma from a recovered Covid-19 patient. "So, as part of my social responsibility, I chose to donate my blood", the 51-year-old man told The Indian Express.

However, Covid-19 convalescent plasma has not yet been approved for use by the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration and is now being regulated as an investigational product.

"Tocilizumab was administered to an anganwadi worker, admitted to Bharti Hospital in a critical condition, who made a remarkable recovery", he said. "The patient underwent plasma transfusion twice".

For decades, doctors have used plasma or even whole blood from recovered patients to treat the newly infected. "She tested negative for Covid-19 when her throat and nasal swab samples were analysed via a molecular (RT-PCR) test, 15 days after she was found positive", said Sassoon General's dean, Muralidhar Tambe.

Prof Khan, however, warned all, saying plasma therapy is only needed for critical patients in intensive care units (ICUs) and it is not necessary at all for other patients.

The DCGI had given the nod for the trial to see if this could be a potential treatment for the infection.

The study showed a trend toward better survival rates, but the number of patients was small and the results can not be interpreted as applying to patients on mechanical ventilators, researchers at New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Centre said.

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