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COVID-19 and thrombotic microangiopathy

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As shown by numerous studies conducted during the pandemic, the severe course of COVID-19 is accompanied by multiple organ failure. Cytokine storm, hypercoagulation, complement hyperactivation and other arms comprise the overall picture of the pathogenesis of the severe disease course. The frequent diagnosis of multiple microvascular thrombosis in lung, heart, and kidneys, as well as the presence of platelet-fibrin thrombi there and signs of terminal organ damage, suggest a possible involvement of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) in the development of multiple organ failure. In this regard, it is especially important to timely diagnose TMA and start pathogenetic therapy. These measures can significantly reduce mortality due to the novel disease. Heparins and direct oral anticoagulants are the mainstay for prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with COVID-19, but their effectiveness in the presence of TMA is questionable. It has been proven that anticoagulants use in critically ill patients with COVID-19 for prevention of large vessel thrombosis is effective, but their role in the prevention of microthrombosis is not clear. Here we review the currently available information on thrombotic microangiopathy, as well as a review of literature data describing TMA-like conditions in COVID-19, discuss potential pathophysiology of the condition development and proposed therapeutic approaches.

About the Authors

E. V. Sluhanchuk
Sechenov University; Petrovsky National Research Centre of Surgery
Russian Federation

Ekaterina V. Slukhanchuk – MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health; Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Department of Abdominal Surgery and Oncology 2

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991
2 Abrikosovskiy Lane, Moscow, 119991

V. O. Bitsadze
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Victoria O. Bitsadze – MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor of RAS, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health. Scopus Author ID: 6506003478. Researcher ID: F-8409-2017

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991

J. Kh. Khizroeva
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Jamilya Kh. Khizroeva – MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health. Scopus Author ID: 57194547147. Researcher ID: F-8384-2017

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991

M. V. Tretyakova
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Maria V. Tretyakova – MD, PhD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Assistant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991

A. S. Shkoda
Vorokhobov City Clinical Hospital № 67, Moscow Healthcare Department
Russian Federation

Andrey S. Shkoda – MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor, Chief Physician

2/44 Salyama Adilya Str., Moscow, 123423

O. P. Artyukov
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Russian Federation

Oleg P. Artyukov – MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Nervous Diseases and Neurosurgery

6 Miklukho-Maklaya Str., Moscow, 117198

V. I. Tsibizova
Almazov National Medical Research Centre, Health Ministry of Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Valentina I. Tsibizova – MD, PhD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Research Laboratory of Operative Gynecology, Institute of Perinatology and Pediatrics; Physician, Department of Functional and Ultrasound Diagnostics

2 Akkuratova Str., Saint Petersburg, 197341

A. L. Mishchenko
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Alexander L. Mishchenko – MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991

K. N. Grigorieva
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Kristina N. Grigoreva – MD, Medical Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991

J.-С. Gris
Sechenov University; University of Montpellier
Russian Federation

Jean-Christophe Gris – MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health; Professor of Haematology, Head of the Laboratory of Haematology, Faculty of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Scopus Author ID: 7005114260. Researcher ID: AAA-2923-2019

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991
163 Rue Auguste Broussonnet, Montpellier, 34090, France

E. Elalamy
Sechenov University; Medicine Sorbonne University; Hospital Tenon
Russian Federation

Ismail Elalamy – MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health; Professor; Director of Hematology, Department of Thrombosis Center. Scopus Author ID: 7003652413. Researcher ID: AAC-9695-2019

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991
12 Rue de l’École de Médecine, 75006, Paris, France
4 Rue de la Chine, 75020, Paris, France

A. D. Makatsariya
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Alexander D. Makatsariya – MD, Dr Sci Med, Academician of RAS, Professor, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health. Scopus Author ID: 57222220144. Researcher ID: M-5660-2016

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow, 119991


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