The effect of colchicine on mortality outcome and duration of hospital stay in patients with COVID-19: A meta-analysis of randomized trials

Chia Siang Kow, Learn Han Lee, Dinesh Sangarran Ramachandram, Syed Shahzad Hasan, Long Chiau Ming, Hui Poh Goh

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Abstract

Background: Overactivation of the NLR family pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome can lead to severe illness in patients with coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The NLRP3 inhibitor, colchicine, therefore, appears to be promising for the treatment of COVID-19. Aims: We aimed to perform a meta-analysis of randomized trials investigating the effect of colchicine in patients with COVID-19. Materials & Methods: We systematically searched electronic databases and clinical trial registries (up to October 17, 2021) for eligible studies. The outcomes of interest were all-cause mortality and duration of hospital stay. Meta-analysis with the random-effects model was used to estimate the pooled odds ratio (OR) of mortality and 95% confidence interval (CI). The pooled standardized mean difference of duration of hospital stay with 95% CI between colchicine users and non-colchicine users was estimated using Cohen's d index. Results: The meta-analyses revealed no significant difference in the odds of mortality (pooled OR = 0.76; 95% CI: 0.53–1.07), but a significant reduction in the duration of hospital stay with the use of colchicine (pooled standardized mean difference = −0.59; 95% CI: −1.06 to −0.13). Discussion and Conclusion: The ability of colchicine to reduce the length of stay in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is consistent with its potential to prevent clinical deterioration via inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome. Nevertheless, such beneficial effects of colchicine did not translate into mortality benefits in patients with COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalImmunity, inflammation and disease
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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