COVID-19 has a wide spectrum of clinical presentation, ranging from asymptomatic or mild symptoms to severe multiorgan failure. In Portugal, the first cases affecting patients on a chronic hemodialysis program arose in the city of Oporto.
The authors report here two cases of COVID-19 infection in patients incident in renal replacement therapy in the Alentejo region and hypothesise that the high serum concentration of urea may decapitate the appearance of typical symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The fact that the hemodialysis population can present active infection without fever may lead to a delayed diagnosis and consequently an increased risk of mortality.
Keywords: COVID-19, hemodialysis, urea, case reports, Alentejo region