Congenital heart disease patients with fever suspected of COVID-19: A case report

Author(s): Cong Dai, Yi-Shuang Li, Jian-Hua Yu, Yan-Hua Tang, Ren-Qiang Yang

Background: Fever, dry cough and fatigue are the most common symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19). During the COVID-19 pandemic in China, we treated a patient with fever and finally diagnosed congenital heart disease.

Case presentation: An 18-year-old lady came to the fever clinic with a complaint about the symptoms of fever, dry cough and dyspnea for 15 days. She had a travel history of epidemic area two weeks ago. She had a low fever and dry cough accompanied with chest tightness and fatigue. Eventually she diagnosed ventricular septal defect complicated by infective endocarditis. Two months after surgery, the patient returned to normal social life and physical activity.

Conclusion: Early surgical treatment is an effective strategy for ventricular septal defect patients complicated with IE, which can improve the early survival rate of patients.