Posted by: maboulette | March 20, 2020

Study: Nearly Half Of COVID-19 Patients Experience Digestive Issues

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Chinese researchers analyzed data from more than 200 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in the Hubei province and found almost half said their main complaints were digestive symptoms.

DIGESTIVE ISSUES

Digestive issues such as diarrhea or vomiting could be early symptoms of novel coronavirus infection for many, Chinese researchers report in a new study

Researchers behind the study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology this week analyzed data from 204 COVID-19 patients who were admitted to three hospitals in the Hubei province between Jan. 18 and Feb 28; the province of Hubei is where the outbreak started in late December

 ALMOST HALF

The study found almost half — 48.5 percent — of participants said their main complaint was digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. About 7 percent reported experiencing no respiratory symptoms, which is the most common issue associated with the new novel coronavirus

“Clinicians must bear in mind that digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea, may be a presenting feature of COVID-19,” researchers said in the study. “And that the index of suspicion may need to be raised earlier in these cases rather than waiting for respiratory symptoms to emerge.”

 LONGER TIME FROM ONSET 

Researchers said patients with digestive symptoms experienced a longer time from symptom onset to hospital admission than those without digestive symptoms, nine days versus 7.3 days. The study suggests patients with digestive symptoms waited longer to seek medical attention because they did not suspect they had COVID-19 due to the absence of respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or shortness of breath. 

PATIENTS – CURED FASTER

Patients who did not experience digestive symptoms were more likely to be cured and discharged than those with digestive issues, 60 percent versus 34 percent, according to the study.   The study comes as more than 250,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide with more than 10,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


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