Metabolic therapy and its impact on lung respiratory function in patients with severe COVID-19

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Background. Metabolic disorders, often detected in patients with severe COVID-19 infection, indicate the severity of the infection process and play an important role in the pathogenesis of the disease. Changes in muscle metabolism lead to weakness and reduced mobility of the diaphragm, which exacerbates the progression of respiratory failure.

Aim. To evaluate the effect of a meglumine sodium succinate 1.5% solution on the dynamics of metabolic blood parameters and respiratory function of the lungs in patients with COVID-19.

Material and methods. The observational prospective study included 105 patients with severe COVID-19 treated in the intensive care unit. As an infusion therapy, patients in the control group (n=54) received Ringer's solution, in the main group (n=51) — 1.5% solution of meglumine sodium succinate. Infusion therapy was carried out for 11 days. All patients underwent standard laboratory tests. Diaphragm mobility was assessed using an ultrasound scanner. Intergroup comparisons were performed using the Mann–Whitney test, and intragroup dynamics were assessed using the Kruskal–Wallis test.

Results. Upon admission to the intensive care unit, in 36.2% of patients, the development of respiratory failure was accompanied by a decrease in the excursion of the right dome of the diaphragm to less than 1.7 cm, in 92.4% of patients — the development of hyperglycemia and hyperlactatemia. By the 11th day of ongoing treatment, hyperglycemia persisted in 16.7% of patients in the control group and 3.9% of patients in the main group, hyperlactatemia — in 53.7 and 9.8% of patients, respectively. Maintenance and then gradual restoration of diaphragm excursion in patients of the main group, a decrease in hypercapnia and a gradual increase in the pO2/FiO2 index were registered. Therapy with a solution of meglumine sodium succinate significantly reduced the duration of hospital treatment after transfer from the intensive care unit (p=0.007).

Conclusion. The inclusion of a 1.5% solution of meglumine sodium succinate in the therapy of patients with severe COVID-19 can reduce the duration of metabolic disorders, which has a positive effect on the degree of respiratory dysfunction, diaphragmatic excursion depression and the treatment duration after transfer from the intensive care unit.

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Alexey Yu. Yakovlev

Nizhny Novgorod Regional Clinical Hospital named after N.A. Semashko

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4616-5711

M.D., D. Sci. (Med.), Assoc. Prof., intensive care unit supervisor

Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Alexey A. Pevnev

City Clinical Hospital No. 30

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2293-634X

M.D., Cand. Sci. (Med.), anesthesiologist-resuscitator, City Clinical Hospital No. 30

Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Marina V. Dudorova

Nizhny Novgorod Regional Clinical Hospital named after N.A. Semashko



Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Yuri V. Ilyin

Nizhny Novgorod Regional Clinical Hospital named after N.A. Semashko


M.D., Cand. Sci. (Med.), anesthesiologist-resuscitator

Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Mikhail S. Belous

Nizhny Novgorod Regional Clinical Hospital named after N.A. Semashko

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1869-6144

M.D., anesthesiologist-resuscitator

Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia


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1. Рис. 1. Динамика экскурсии диафрагмы справа; *статистическая значимость отличий относительно исходных значений; #статистическая значимость отличий относительно значений контрольной группы

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