Association of Digestive Symptoms and Hospitalization in Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection

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Cholankeril G, et al. Am J Gastroenterol 2020.

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: High rates of concurrent gastrointestinal manifestations have been noted in patients with corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19); however, the association between these digestive manifestations and need for hospitalization has not been established.

METHODS: This is a retrospective review of consecutive patients diagnosed with COVID-19. A total of 207 patients were identified; 34.5% of patients noted concurrent gastrointestinal symptoms, with 90% of gastrointestinal symptoms being mild.

RESULTS: In a multivariate regression model controlled for demographics and disease severity, an increased risk of hospitalization was noted in patients with any digestive symptom (adjusted odds ratio 4.84, 95% confidence interval: 1.68-13.94).

DISCUSSION: The presence of digestive symptoms in COVID-19 is associated with a need for hospitalization.

PMID:32618665 | PMC:PMC7302101 | DOI:10.14309/ajg.0000000000000712

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