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Reducing length of hospital stay with colchicine

Karakaş et al., The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, doi:10.3855/jidc.14924
Jan 2022  
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Retrospective 356 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, shorter hospitalization time with colchicine treatment. There were no statistically significant differences for mortality or ICU admission. Significantly lower mortality was seen with higher dosage (1mg/day vs 0.5mg/day). More control patients were on oxygen at baseline (65% vs. 54%). This study is excluded in the after exclusion results of meta analysis: excessive unadjusted differences between groups.
risk of death, 12.7% lower, RR 0.87, p = 0.72, treatment 16 of 165 (9.7%), control 19 of 171 (11.1%), NNT 71.
risk of ICU admission, 16.0% lower, RR 0.84, p = 0.50, treatment 30 of 165 (18.2%), control 37 of 171 (21.6%), NNT 29.
hospitalization time, 25.0% lower, relative time 0.75, p < 0.001, treatment 165, control 171.
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Karakaş et al., 31 Jan 2022, retrospective, Turkey, peer-reviewed, 11 authors, dosage 1mg daily, 0.5mg for 37 patients.
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Reducing length of hospital stay with colchicine
Özlem Karakaş, Abdulsamet Erden, Serdar Can Güven, Berkan Armağan, Enes Seyda Sahiner, Ali Can Kurtipek, Osman Inan, Emin Gemcioglu, İhsan Ateş, Ahmet Omma, Orhan Küçüksahin
The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, doi:10.3855/jidc.14924
Introduction: Colchicine is an ancient agent with well-known anti-inflammatory effects and commonly used in treatment of hyperinflammatory conditions. It has been argued that colchicine could be an appropriate treatment option in COVID-19 to control hyperinflammatory response. Here in this study, we aimed to investigate the impact of colchicine on outcomes of COVID-19 in our inpatient cohort. Methodology: In this retrospective cohort study, hospitalized COVID-19 patients were investigated. Demographics, comorbidities, COVID-19 symptoms, laboratory findings on admission and discharge, baseline and seventh day oxygenation status, rates of mortality, intensive care unit admission, administration of other anti-inflammatory treatments and length of hospital stay were compared between patients who received standard of care medications and who received colchicine additionally. Results: Three hundred and thirty-six patients were included in the study (171 standard of care, 165 standard of care plus colchicine). The median length of hospital stay in colchicine group was significantly shorter. Rates of admission to intensive care unit, anti-inflammatory treatment administration and mortality did not differentiate between standard of care and colchicine groups. However, reduced rates of mortality and ICU admission were observed in patients who received colchicine with a dose of 1 mg/day when compared to patients who received 0.5 mg/day. Conclusions: Our study demonstrated that COVID-19 patients who received colchicine in addition to standard of care had shorter hospital stay. Our results further support the use of colchicine in treatment of COVID-19, particularly with a dose of 1 mg/day.
Authors Conflict of interests: No conflict of interests is declared.
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