Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary manifestations of COVID-19 in children: A Review

Gastro-hepato manifestations among children with COVID-19

Authors

  • Md Benzamin Department of Paediatric, Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Marimuna Sayeed Department of Paediatric, Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Md Shafiul Alam Department of Paediatric, Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Masud Rana Hazi Asmot Ali Medical Centre, Kishoreganj, Bangladesh.
  • Aisharza Sultana Aishy Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bmrcb.v47i1.55791

Keywords:

COVID-19, Children, Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary

Abstract

Background: Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-COV-2) is shaking the world heavily. SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) infection has a wide variety of presentations as it affects almost every system of body. Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary symptoms are frequently overlooked especially in children.

Objectives: The purpose of this review was to discuss the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary presentations of COVID-19 in children and compare with non-gastrointestinal presentations.

Methods: This study was a narrative review. Recent available literature was searched by keywords. The most recent information from relevant articles were collected and reviewed. This write up was compiled after the review of articles from the last one and half year.

Results: About 50.0% symptomatic children with COVID-19 had gastrointestinal manifestations. COVID-19 with gastrointestinal symptoms had delayed diagnosis, delayed hospitalization and worse outcome in compare with Covid-19 with non-gastrointestinal symptoms.

Conclusion: Vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, anorexia, nausea are common gastrointestinal manifestations in children with COVID-19. Elevated transaminasemia is not uncommon.

Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull 2021; 47(1): 3-8

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Published

2022-05-17

How to Cite

Benzamin, M., Sayeed, M., Alam, M. S., Rana, M., & Aishy, A. S. (2022). Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary manifestations of COVID-19 in children: A Review: Gastro-hepato manifestations among children with COVID-19. Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin, 47(1), 3–8. https://doi.org/10.3329/bmrcb.v47i1.55791

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