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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 120-122

Leukemoid reaction in a patient with COVID-19 infection: A case report

1 Department of Medicine, S.N. Medical College, Agra, India
2 Department of Pathology, S.N. Medical College, Agra, India

Correspondence Address:
Nikhil Pursnani
Department of Medicine, S.N. Medical College, Agra
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Source of Support: This study received no extramural funding, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2221-6189.347780

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Rationale: COVID-19 usually presents with flu-like symptoms and signs, but some rare presentations like leukemoid symptoms cannot be ignored. Patient’s concerns: A 37-year-old female presented to the outpatient department with flu-like symptoms. Diagnosis: The RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection was positive, while complete blood cell and peripheral blood smear showed leukemoid reaction. Intervention: Paracetamol and fexofenadine for flu-like symptoms and leukemoid presentation. Outcomes: On the 10th day, the patient was asymptomatic and RT-PCR was negative. So the patient was discharged and leukemoid presentation subsided after clearance of viral disease. Lessons: COVID-19 has a myriad of presentations, and unusual symptoms/signs especially in this pandemic could be induced by COVID-19 infection.

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