Abdominal Pain: A Real Challenge in Novel COVID-19 Infection

  • Erika Poggiali Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Pau Mateo Ramos Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Davide Bastoni Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Andrea Vercelli Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy
  • Andrea Magnacavallo Emergency Department, Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy

Keywords

COVID-19 infection, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal symptoms

Abstract

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 19) is an infectious disease caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Since its detection in China at the end of 2019, the novel coronavirus has rapidly spread throughout the world and has caused an international public health emergency. The most common manifestation is flu-like symptoms. Mild infections usually improve within a few days, but COVID-19 can cause severe pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome and death. Gastrointestinal symptoms are less common but possible and more difficult to recognize as part of a COVID-19 syndrome. In line with the current opinion of the WHO, we strongly believe that preventive measures and early diagnosis of COVID-19 are crucial to interrupt virus spread and avoid local outbreaks. We report the cases of COVID-19 patients admitted to our Emergency Department who complained of gastrointestinal symptoms at admission.

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  • Published: 2020-03-26

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    How to cite:
    Poggiali, E., Ramos, P., Bastoni, D., Vercelli, A., & Magnacavallo, A. (2020). Abdominal Pain: A Real Challenge in Novel COVID-19 Infection. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 2. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2020_001632