COVID-19 induced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) could have two different phenotypes, which might have different response and outcome to the traditional ARDS positive end-expiration pressure (PEEP) treatment. The identification of the different phenotypes in terms of the PEEP recruitment can help improve the patients’ outcome. In this contribution we reported a COVID-19 patient with seven-day electrical impedance tomography monitoring. From the conductivity distribution difference image analysis of the data, a clear course developing trend can be observed in addition to the phenotype identification. This case might suggest that EIT can be a practical tool to identify phenotypes and to provide progressive information of COVID-19 pneumonia.
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