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Enteritis and Severe Abdominal Pain as the First Presentation of Covid-19.

PMID: 32816437 (view PubMed database entry)

A Kecler-Pietrzyk, G Orsi, J Carthy, W C Torreggiani,

Presentation A male patient with no significant past medical history presented to emergency department with progressive in severity abdominal pain, associated with mild nausea and diarrhea. No other significant symptoms were reported. Diagnosis On investigation with CT, duodenojejunitis was diagnosed as the cause of abdominal pain. Lung basal changes were also visualized and subsequently proven to be secondary to Covid-19 infection. Treatment After few days of hospitalization and supportive treatment, the patient improved clinically and was discharged. Conclusion Covid-19 infection typically presents with respiratory symptoms associated with fever and myalgia. Anorexia, diarrhea and nausea have been reported. Severe abdominal pain is rare, particularly as the initial presenting compliant. It is important to be aware of the varied clinical presentations that may occur in Covid-19, including isolated gastrointestinal symptoms. This will allow to increase the timely detectability of infected patients and more effective contact control measures.

Ir Med J (Irish medical journal)
[2020, 113(6):102]

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