Background: The recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China has
rapidly spread throughout the world and there are many reports of symptoms ranging from malaise
to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by this infection. However, few reports have
been discussed surgical outcomes in COVID-19 patients.
Case Presentation: In this report, we described a case of an elderly female developed with postoperative
pulmonary complications after uneventful elective minor surgery. The patient was asymptomatic
before the operation with no history of cough or fever. After surgery, the patient developed
respiratory distress and chest radiological imaging revealed bilateral ground-glass opacities. It
seems any type of surgeries requiring local anesthesia or general anesthesia may contribute to worsening
outcomes in patients with covid19.