COVID-19 Pathophysiology: Are Platelets and Serotonin playing a bigger role than we think? #FOAMed, #FOAMcc

While our general ignorance in medicine has long since stopped surprising me, the COVID-19 pandemic has really highlighted how little we truly know and how unequipped we are to face new diseases. However it has also highlighted an unparalleled degree of collaboration and sharing across the world which has undoubtedly saved many lives.

In this discussion, a very smart and determined friend of mine gives us a masterclass on platelet dysfunction in COVID19 and opens many fascinating potential therapeutic approaches. I think that his outside perspective on the disease – he is a gastroenterologist – gave him a fresh and unbiased approach, and I suspect he is onto something.

Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/JlAl-vjLYfvDPJife3yMZo48TF0ZaDCyHIqkV2Z7R-vTpnzXREfiOQE477lTdXCg.Vi1XeeT4OI0I1SuE

And the passcode: @GJ$7rBs

Since recording this I have had a few more cases where I used ciproheptadine, and must admit there was some apparent benefit. While this cannot be conclusive, I do feel it warrants a trial, given the benign nature of the treatment and the not-so-benign nature of the disease!

Cheers,

Philippe