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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 160-161
Tranexamic acid: A potential treatment option for coronavirus disease 2019

1 Department of Medical Education, Saint Michael's Medical Centre, New York Medical College, Newark, New Jersey, USA
2 Department of Medical Education; Department of Infectious Disease, Saint Michael's Medical Centre, New York Medical College, Newark, New Jersey, USA
3 Department of Medical Education; Department of Hematology/Oncology, Saint Michael's Medical Centre, New York Medical College, Newark, New Jersey, USA

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Date of Submission12-May-2020
Date of Acceptance27-May-2020
Date of Web Publication29-Aug-2020

How to cite this article:
Chan KH, Farouji I, Slim J, Shaaban HS, Guron G. Tranexamic acid: A potential treatment option for coronavirus disease 2019. J Global Infect Dis 2020;12:160-1

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Chan KH, Farouji I, Slim J, Shaaban HS, Guron G. Tranexamic acid: A potential treatment option for coronavirus disease 2019. J Global Infect Dis [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 26];12:160-1. Available from:


COVID-19 has multifaceted presentations and majority of the patients are asymptomatic. Nevertheless, there is a subgroup of patients who tend to present with moderate-to-severe disease. Age, gender, socioeconomic status, and comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung and kidney disease, history of cancer, smoking, and obesity have been associated with moderate to severe disease.[1]

Herein, we report a novel case of an 82-year-old gentleman, with multiple comorbidities including hypertension, coronary artery disease, history of prostate cancer, marginal zone lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and body mass index of 32 kg/m2, who was tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and was predicted to have severe COVID-19 but only presented with mild symptoms with no signs and symptoms of pulmonary involvement or “cytokine storm.” Inflammatory markers including D-dimer, lactate dehydrogenase, C-reactive protein, and ferritin were 587 ng/ml (0–500 ng/ml), 232 U/L (122–222 U/L), 1.1 mg/dl (0–0.8 mg/dl), and 657 ng/ml (24–336 ng/ml), respectively. Chest X-ray showed bilateral infiltrates and computed tomography of the chest showed multifocal ground-glass opacities [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Computed tomography of chest showed multifocal ground-glass opacities, more on the peripheral and basal regions, consistent with COVID-19 picture

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This interesting observation may be due to the medication – tranexamic acid (TXA) that he has been taking since October 2019. TXA has anti-inflammatory properties via inhibition of plasmin-mediated activation of complement, monocytes, and neutrophils, as well as modulates various cytokines and cellular immune markers.[2] Draxler et al. have demonstrated a significant reduction in tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 after the administration of the TXA in healthy individuals.[3] Moreover, TXA has also been reported in modulating coagulopathy by direct inhibiting of plasmin-mediated fibrinolysis.[4] The novel observation of potential cytokine storm suppression in this patient on TXA has opened a door for potential use of this medication as part of COVID-19 management. The anti-inflammatory and antifibrinolytic activities of TXA may shed a light in the future treatment for COVID-19.

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Onder G, Rezza G, Brusaferro S. Case-fatality rate and characteristics of patients dying in relation to COVID-19 in Italy. JAMA 2020;323:1775-6. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4683.  Back to cited text no. 1
Grant AL, Letson HL, Morris JL, McEwen P, Hazratwala K, Wilkinson M, et al. Tranexamic acid is associated with selective increase in inflammatory markers following total knee arthroplasty (TKA): A pilot study. J Orthop Surg Res 2018;13:149.  Back to cited text no. 2
Draxler DF, Yep K, Hanafi G, Winton A, Daglas M, Ho H, et al. Tranexamic acid modulates the immune response and reduces postsurgical infection rates. Blood Adv 2019;3:1598-609.  Back to cited text no. 3
Faraoni D, Cacheux C, Van Aelbrouck C, Ickx BE, Barvais L, Levy JH. Effect of two doses of tranexamic acid on fibrinolysis evaluated by thromboelastography during cardiac surgery: A randomised, controlled study. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2014;31:491-8.  Back to cited text no. 4

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kok Hoe Chan
Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark, New Jersey 07101
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DOI: 10.4103/jgid.jgid_132_20

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