By Cara Murez
FRIDAY, November 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Although COVID-19 mentions common symptoms such as fever and cough, at least 16% of infected patients have gastrointestinal symptoms only, according to a great study.
A team from the University of Alberta’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in Canada looked at 36 studies published since mid-July. The researchers found that 18% had gastrointestinal symptoms, while 16% may have only those symptoms.
Although the digestive symptoms of COVID vary widely, they can include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and systemic abdominal pain.
Study co-author Mitch Wilson, radiologist and clinical lecturer at the university said: “There is a growing body of literature that abdominal symptoms are a common manifestation of COVID-19.
The researchers urge abdominal radiologists to remain vigilant while photographing patients during a pandemic. During the scan, they should look for signs of enteritis, air in the intestinal wall and perforation. Although these are rare, they may indicate that the patient has a progressive disease.
“Seeing this doesn’t necessarily tell us about the patient with COVID-19,” said Wilson in a university press release. “It can have many different underlying causes. But one of the underlying causes is a viral infection and in an environment where COVID-19 is very common, that’s something to consider and potentially suggest.” Doctor introduced. “
The findings have recently been published in the journal Abdominal x-ray.
The World Health Organization provides more information on COVID-19 symptoms.
SOURCE: University of Alberta School of Medicine and Dentistry, Newsletter November 3, 2020