The Winter 2021 issue of the Ochsner Journal has a mini-COVID-19 theme, with two original research articles and two case reports. “Mental Health Appointments in the Era of COVID-19: Experiences of Patients and Providers” by Hunsinger, Hammarlund, and Crapanzano describes essential clinical contingency planning implemented to facilitate patient care during the pandemic. “Observational Study of the Clinical Characteristics and Short-Term Outcomes of Kidney Transplant Recipients Diagnosed With COVID-19 Infection (SARS-CoV-2) Requiring Hospitalization in New Orleans” by Giusti, Chazin, Vaitla, et al is a particularly enlightening manuscript to review at the current point in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery. One of the coauthors of this paper, Dr Jorge Garces, is the featured contributor for the winter issue. His impressive bio is posted at the Journal website.
The COVID-19–related case reports are “De Novo Immunoglobulin A Vasculitis Following Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 Immunization” submitted by Mohamed, Wickman, Fogo, and Velez and “Multicentric Breast Abscesses in a Patient Who Had COVID-19” by Van Wert, Ghio, Graham, et al.
The topics of our other original research articles range from an analysis of the effect of antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents on total joint arthroplasty outcomes to identifying patients who are good candidates for left ventricular assist device removal. Case report subjects include hypersensitivity pneumonitis, primary pulmonary pleomorphic liposarcoma, heterotropic triplet pregnancy, and anaphylactic reactions to isosulfan blue dye.
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