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Around 20% COVID-19 Cases Show Only GI Symptoms

According to a review, one in five patients with COVID-19 may show only GI symptoms. These findings suggest that abdominal radiologists need to remain vigilant during the pandemic while imaging patients. The review included case reports and series discussing radiological manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection in abdominal imaging studies. GI symptoms in COVID-19 widely vary. They can include vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and generalized abdominal pain.

The researchers who conducted the review revealed that 18% of patients presented with such symptoms, while 16% of COVID-19 cases may only present with GI symptoms. During this pandemic, the radiologists should look for evidence of COVID-19 in abdominal imaging. These signs could include inflammation of large and small bowel, pneumatosis, and bowel perforation. However, the presence of these signs may not necessarily indicate that a patient has COVID-19.

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