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Diarrhoea, vomiting can be Covid symptoms: Study | Jaipur News


JAIPUR: People should not take symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting lightly as a study (review article) conducted by SMS Hospital doctors concluded that in some patients Covid may not have any respiratory symptoms, but they may have gastrointestinal manifestations.
“Patients may visit gastroenterologists with diarrhoea and vomiting. Doctors need to test such at-risk subjects with gastrointestinal manifestations rather than waiting for pulmonary complaints to appear. This will allow in prompt detection of Covid,” says the study ‘Hepatic and gastrointestinal manifestation of Covid-19,’ which was also published in a journal last month.
The study was conducted by doctors of department of gastroenterology, SMS Medical College including Dr Sudhir Maharshi, Dr KK Sharma and Dr SS Sharma.
“Covid-19 involves mainly the respiratory system, but other organs such as heart, kidney, liver and intestine may also be affected. Major hepatic and gastrointestinal manifestations include elevation of liver enzymes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea,” says the study.
“Covid patients without gastrointestinal complaints have higher cure rate and discharge (60% versus 34.3%) compared to those with stomach bug. This is likely because of viral multiplication in the gastrointestinal tract re-sulting in severe disease,” said Dr Maharshi, quoting multiple studies on the symptoms of Covid.
SMS Hospital’s review article further stated that one study showed that nausea along with vomiting and diarrhoea were reported in 5.6% and 3.8% patients, respectively. Another cross-sectional study on 204 Covid patients from Hubei reported that 99 (48.5%) patients came to hospital with gastrointestinal manifestations as main symptoms including 7 patients who did not have any pulmonary complaints. These early reports on Covid patients warn gastroenterologists to suspect Covid in at-risk patients presenting with digestive symptoms rather than waiting for pulmonary complaints to come, says the study.


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