CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68--70

Hydrocortisone and ulinastatin for miliary tuberculosis-induced septic shock and adult respiratory distress syndrome in the intensive care unit


Niraj Kumar Keyal, Manish Nakarmi 
 Department of Critical Care Medicine, B & C Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Center, Birtamod, Jhapa, Nepal

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Niraj Kumar Keyal
Department of Critical Care Medicine, B and C Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Centre, Birtamode, Jhapa
Nepal

Abstract

Hydrocortisone and ulinastatin are anti-inflammatory agent. We hereby report the case of a patient of sputum-positive miliary pulmonary tuberculosis that developed adult respiratory distress syndrome with septic shock. The patient was treated with anti-tubercular drugs, antibiotics, inotropes, vasopressors, hydrocortisone, and ulinastatin. From this, we want to emphasize that hydrocortisone and ulinastatin can be one of the treatment options in refractory shock patient not responding to conventional treatment but requires randomized controlled trial to confirm the effectiveness of this combination.



How to cite this article:
Keyal NK, Nakarmi M. Hydrocortisone and ulinastatin for miliary tuberculosis-induced septic shock and adult respiratory distress syndrome in the intensive care unit.CHRISMED J Health Res 2020;7:68-70


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Keyal NK, Nakarmi M. Hydrocortisone and ulinastatin for miliary tuberculosis-induced septic shock and adult respiratory distress syndrome in the intensive care unit. CHRISMED J Health Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 5 ];7:68-70
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 Introduction



Miliary tuberculosis (TB) that requires mechanical ventilation has mortality of 69%.[1] It is due to coexistence of different comorbid conditions and the intensive care unit (ICU)-related complications. The incidence of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative patients is probably 2%–23% and in HIV-positive patients is 32%–36%.[2] This is the first case report that has used hydrocortisone and ulinastatin in combination for the treatment of miliary TB-induced septic shock and respiratory failure.

 Case Report



A 20-year-old female of weight 40 kg, without any significant past medical and surgical history presented to emergency department with a history of fever, significant weight loss for 1 month, and shortness of breath for 7 days. At presentation in emergency department, her Glasgow Coma Scale was 15/15. Her pulse rate was 130 beats/min, blood pressure was 80/40 mmHg, respiratory rate was 42 breaths/min, oxygen saturation was 80% on room air, and temperature of 100°F. On auscultation, chest bilateral crepitations were present. Cardiovascular and per abdominal examinations were normal. Arterial blood gas analysis showed Type 1 respiratory failure with metabolic and lactic acidosis. She was immediately resuscitated and intubated.

Her blood investigation profiles were total leukocyte count (TLC) - 14,000/mm3, platelets - 100,000/mm3, hemoglobin (Hb) - 9 gm/dl, urea - 48 mg/dl, creatinine - 1.1 mg/dl, sodium and potassium were normal. Liver function test was normal. Chest X-ray showed bilateral miliary pattern [Figure 1]. She was diagnosed with miliary TB with secondary bacterial infection with septic shock. The tracheal aspirate was sent for gram staining, acid-fast bacilli (AFB) staining, and culture.{Figure 1}

The patient was started on meropenem, doxycycline, vasopressors, hydrocortisone, isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol, pyrazinamide, fluids, and ventilator support. She was adequately resuscitated with fluid and noradrenaline was started at 0.1 mg/kg/min. Her blood pressure was still around 80/40 mm Hg. Noradrenaline dose was increased; however, no increase in blood pressure was noted. Vasopressin and adrenaline were also started. Hydrocortisone was also started at dose of 50 mg six hourly. Blood pressure was still around 85/40 mm Hg. After 6 hour of resuscitation with fluid and vasopressors there was no increase in blood pressure. Ulinastatin was started at dose of 2 million units in 100 ml of normal saline two times a day. Blood pressure was 100/60 after 6 h of starting ulinastatin. Dose of the vasopressors was decreased from the second hospital day and was subsequently stopped on day 4 of admission. Tracheal aspirate for AFB was positive and Gram-staining and culture showed Klebsiella pneumoniae sensitive to meropenem, piperacillin-tazobactam, and doxycycline. She developed new infiltrate on chest X-ray [Figure 2] that developed suspicion of ventilator-associated pneumonia, but there was no increase in TLC, secretion, and requirement of vasopressors. Therefore, the diagnosis of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome was made, and no change in medication was done. Tracheostomy was done on the seventh hospital day after multiple failure of spontaneous breathing trials. Improvement in chest X-ray was seen from the 9th day of hospital admission.{Figure 2}

The patient was shifted out of the ICU after 14 days in the medicine ward. Her stay at the ward was uneventful and was discharged on 28 days of hospital stay.

 Discussion



Patient of miliary TB that require ICU admission has a high rate of comorbidities such as deranged liver function, chronic renal failure, chronic pancreatitis and HIV, multiorgan failure, and ICU-related complications such as nosocomial pneumonia, pneumothorax, and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).[3] Patient with miliary TB has mortality of 69%[4] than ARDS of any other causes requiring mechanical ventilation.

The role of corticosteroid in miliary TB with septic shock and ARDS is not well known. However, the probable mechanism by which corticosteroid act is by permitting anti-TB drug to penetrate into granulomas by disrupting granuloma formation and inhibiting release and activities of lymphokines and cytokines.

There is limited randomized control trial and case–control study that has shown that ulinastatin can reduce mortality, improves sequential organ failure assessment, and improves patient outcome in sepsis.[5],[6],[7],[8],[9] Japanese guidelines for sepsis provides very weak recommendation and insufficient evidence for use of ulinastatin in sepsis.[10] Studies have shown that ulinastatin has shown to improve mortality, oxygenation, and length of stay in acute respiratory distress and acute lung injury patients.[11]

Sepsis is a dysregulated inflammatory response of the body. Although the exact mechanism of ulinastatin is not clear, it attenuates the inflammatory response by acting at multiple sites[5] of septic response and decreases the production of inflammatory cytokines, enhances anti-inflammatory cytokines and prevents progression to multi-organ dysfunction syndrome.

Miliary TB with ARDS is severe sepsis and ulinastatin has shown to have a better outcome in sepsis. Therefore, it was used in our patient.

Ulinastatin and hydrocortisone in combination can play a role in the management of miliary TB-induced septic shock and ARDS immune reconstitution syndrome (IRS).

 Conclusion



Ulinastatin and hydrocortisone in combination can play a role in the management of military TB-induced septic shock, ARDS, and IRS. The understanding of its pathophysiology though is still unclear and needs further investigation.

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Conflicts of interest

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