Review: Diarrhea during COVID-19 infection: Pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and management

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Review: Diarrhea during COVID-19 infection: Pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and management

Review: Diarrhea during COVID-19 infection: Pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and management

This systematic review showed that diarrhea is a presenting symptom of patients with COVID-19, and raises concerns of continued fecal-oral transmission after respiratory symptoms have resolved.

Researchers noted an increasing number of reports of diarrhea related to COVID-19. They conducted a systematic review of studies looking at both diarrhea and the mechanism of intestinal inflammation in patients with confirmed infections.

Studies varied from an incidence rate of 2% to 50% of cases. They found that diarrhea may precede or follow respiratory symptoms. A pooled analysis showed diarrhea onset in 10.4% of cases. Several studies reported RNA shedding in stool for a longer time period than in nasopharyngeal swabs.

|2020-04-13T09:35:31-04:00April 13th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Diarrhea during COVID-19 infection: Pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and management

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