Autoimmune Mechanisms of COVID-19 Related Long-Term Complications and their Control and Prevention
Voinov VA*, Ilkovich MM and Voinova YV
Corresponding Author: Valery A Voinov, I P Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Revised: November 23rd, 2020; Available Online: December 2, 2020
Citation: Voinov VA, Ilkovich MM & Voinova YV (2020) Autoimmune Mechanisms of COVID-19 Related Long-Term Complications and their Control and Prevention. J Immunol Res Ther, 5(S1): 24.
Copyrights: ©2020 Voinov VA, Ilkovich MM & Voinova YV. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than 60 million people on Earth, of whom more than 1.5 million died. Most often, the lungs are affected. In this case, the main pathogenetic factor is endotoxemia, though, a number of immune disorders can also be observed with increasing levels of C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and disorders of T and B cell immunity. And even following the recovery, there are quite serious disorders with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis formation. The kidneys are also one of the target organs in COVID-19 infection. In 52% of patients requiring mechanical ventilation, acute kidney damage develops within 24 h after intubation. Mortality rate in this case reaches up to 30-70% despite the renal replacement therapy. These disorders are associated with the body's inflammatory immune response with the release of a number of cytokines and complement, which continue to function after the recovery. No less serious are the neurological complications. Expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 acts on glial cells and neurons, which can also determine post-infection complications, including depression, encephalitis, dementia and strokes. There have been reports of a serious increase in the number of cases of inflammatory syndrome, similar in symptoms to the autoimmune Kawasaki syndrome. There are many findings proving the autoimmune nature of such prospective complications after COVID-19 infection. One of the promoting factors is the resemblance of the antigenic structure of the virus and human proteins. The severity of the complications caused makes us to take serious measures to rehabilitate such patients even after their recovery. Given the autoimmune nature of these complications, it is most advisable to use plasmapheresis, by which one can remove not only auto antibodies and cytokines, but also many other toxic substances that have accumulated during the illness, including hepato- and nephrotoxic drugs. And if these methods of extracorporeal detoxification are used during the illness, critical conditions and all long-term complications can be prevented.
Keywords: COVID-19, Autoimmune disorders, Long term complications, Control and prevention