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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a global health emergency. Clinical presentation can range from mild to severe lower respiratory tract symptoms, resulting in life-threatening complications such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). So far, autoimmune diseases, such as autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA), immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome have been reported in patients with COVID-19 infection1. Similar to other viral infections such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) or Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), it has been suggested that a mechanism of molecular mimicry related to SARS-CoV-2 infection could be involved in the pathogenesis of these autoimmune complications. [ … ]

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Nicola Osti - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Jacopo Ceolan - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Pierluigi Piccoli - Department of Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital, Verona, Italy

Filippo Mazzi - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Rachele Montemezzi - Department of Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital, Verona, Italy

Francesco Dima - Clinical Biochemistry, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Simonetta Friso - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Francesca Pizzolo - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Nicola Martinelli - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Monica Rizzi - Department of Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital, Verona, Italy

Sara Moruzzi - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Oliviero Olivieri - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

Lucia De Franceschi - Department of Medicine, University of Verona & AOUI Verona, Policlinico "GB Rossi", Verona, Italy

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