Do Gastrointestinal Symptoms in COVID-19 Patients Correlate with Disease Severity?
Author(s): Varun Malhotra, Kashish Jafri, Hena Dhir and Rahul Bhargava*
Background: Apart from the respiratory tract symptoms, patients with COVID-19 infection may be either asymptomatic or present with Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. However, it is not known whether the presence of GI symptoms has any prognostic value or their presence is associated with poor disease outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Objective: To determine the prevalence of GI symptoms and their correlation with disease severity and outcome in patients with COVID-19. Methods: A hospital-based controlled study. Results: The number of valid cases was 444 with a mean age of 46 ± 18.6 (range, 18-80 years). One hundred and twenty (27%) patients presented with GI symptoms alone and 12% of patients were asymptomatic. Throughout illness, 304 (68.4%) patients developed GI symptoms. Diarrhea was the most com.. Read More»