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Source: COVID-19 Research  Aug 06, 2020  3 years, 8 months, 1 week, 5 days, 12 hours, 34 minutes ago

BREAKING! COVID-19 Research: Studies Warn Of High Prevalence Of Liver Injury In COVID-19 Patients

BREAKING! COVID-19 Research: Studies Warn Of High Prevalence Of Liver Injury In COVID-19 Patients
Source: COVID-19 Research  Aug 06, 2020  3 years, 8 months, 1 week, 5 days, 12 hours, 34 minutes ago
COVID-19 Research: A new study by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU Medicine) conducted  to investigate the impact of liver injury on clinical outcomes of over 1,000  COVID-19 patients in Hong Kong has found that around 20% of the patients manifest liver injuries.
 
The estimated risk of COVID-19 patients with liver injury experiencing adverse clinical outcomes such as intensive care unit (ICU) admission, use of invasive mechanical ventilation or death was almost eight times of other patients. It is suggested that liver function monitoring is important regarding its association with adverse clinical outcomes in COVID-19 patients.
 
These research findings have been published recently in the world-renowned medical journal Gut. https://gut.bmj.com/content/early/2020/07/08/gutjnl-2020-321726
 
As a result of the high prevalence of various chronic liver diseases in the Asia-Pacific region, CU Medicine's researchers led a group of experts from Mainland China, Japan, Singapore and Australia to issue a position statement on the management of COVID-19 patients with liver derangement. The statement has been published recently in another international medical journal The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langas/article/PIIS2468-1253(20)30190-4/fulltext
 
It is estimated that about 20% of COVID-19 patients in Hong Kong were found to have liver injury.

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It was reported that liver injury, in the form of hepatitis, cholestasis or both, can be observed in patients infected by different coronaviruses.
 
In the detailed territory-wide study in Gut, researchers from CU Medicine analyzed the data from 1,040 COVID-19 patients in Hong Kong. It was found that the level of liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) was elevated in 23% of the COVID-19 patients, which indicated liver damage.
 
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