A Case of Suspected Radiation Recall Pneumonitis After a COVID-19 Infection

Cureus. 2021 Mar 4;13(3):e13688. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13688.


We present the case of a 78-year-old woman who received definitive radiation therapy for small cell lung cancer three and a half years ago. She was asymptomatic when she tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). She then developed a rapid decline in respiratory status on day seven. Chest radiograph revealed a strong shadow at the prior irradiation site. Radiation recall reactions are usually caused by drug administration, but in this case, it was suspected to be caused by COVID-19.

Keywords: covid-19; lung cancer; radiation recall reaction; radiotherapy.

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