Respiratory Failure in a Child with Pulmonary Metastatic Osteosarcoma and COVID-19

Rachel Offenbacher, Lara Fabish, Alissa Baker, Alexander Ja-Ho Chou, David M. Loeb

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The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, causes much more severe disease in adults than in children. Although it is anticipated that immune compromised children and children with cancer may be at higher risk of developing severe or fatal COVID-19, there are no currently published reports of fatal disease in a child with cancer. Because of the discrepancy in disease severity between adult and pediatric patients, we report the case of an adolescent with pulmonary metastatic osteosarcoma who died of COVID-19 early in the course of the pandemic in New York City in the hope that heightening awareness that pulmonary metastatic disease may predispose to a more severe outcome will increase surveillance in this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E859-E860
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • COVID-19
  • osteosarcoma
  • pulmonary metastases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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