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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 183-186

Rehabilitation journey of a COVID-19 survivor from hospitalization to follow-up: A case report of progressive lung fibrosis


1 Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiotherapy, MGM College of Physiotherapy, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, MGM College of Physiotherapy, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shruti Prabhakaran Nair
Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiotherapy, MGM College of Physiotherapy, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_16_22

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Progressive lung fibrosis, an enduring complication of COVID-19, affects lung function adversely, fatigue levels, exercise tolerance, and health-related quality of life, affecting more than 50% of the confirmed cases. Furthermore, the number of post-COVID survivors is steadily increasing, stipulating a need for early, safe, and effective post-COVID pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). A 62-year-old male diagnosed with viral pneumonitis with severe lung fibrosis post-COVID infection exhibited severe exercise intolerance during hospitalization. An 8-week supervised, structured PR program led to early weaning from oxygen support and improved patient's functional outcomes. Amelioration in the patient's clinical status was demonstrated by a 50% reduction in his fatigue levels and a three-fold change in his functional capacity. This case study highlights the importance of early initiation of PR in optimizing patient's health status and reducing any further functional limitations.


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