BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) is the first pandemic infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus . Viral pneumonia is a severe complication of COVID-19 .
AIM: Due to the high prevalence of this disease globally, especially in Iran, the aim of this study was to determine the clinical features of seven patients with probable COVID-19 infected pneumonia in Rasht, North Iran . MATERIALS AND
METHODS: In this retrospective case series study, we described the clinical, laboratory, and radiological features of seven patients with probable COVID-19 infected pneumonia at Razi Hospital, Rasht, north of Iran, from February 27 to March 16 , 2020 .
RESULTS: In this study, the most common clinical symptoms during hospitalization in patients with COVID-19 were poor appetite (seven cases), dehydration (seven cases), cough (six cases), dyspnea (six cases), fatigue (six cases), fever above 38°C (five cases), myalgia (five cases), Chills (five cases), feeling fever (five cases), sore throat (five cases), and nausea (five cases), respectively . The average body temperature in these patients was 39.32°C . In laboratory findings, erythrocyte sedimentation rate was elevated in three patients . Contrary to most of the evidence, C-reactive protein was not elevated in five patients . All patients received antibiotic and antiviral medications and received symptomatic treatment . Finally, four patients responded to the treatments and were discharged from the hospital; two patients were still hospitalized and only one patient died .
CONCLUSION: Patients with COVID-19 associated pneumonia can be treated by evaluating and implementing appropriate therapeutic management . However, at the moment the disease progression for patients with COVID-19 cannot be accurately predicted.