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COVID-19 Has Significant Impact On Liver, Study At Mumbai Civic Hospital Finds

The study at BYL Nair Hospital revealed that as the severity of COVID-19 infection increases, liver function abnormalities worsen, and such patients are more likely to develop a severe disease

COVID-19 Has Significant Impact On Liver, Study At Mumbai Civic Hospital Finds
46 per cent of patients (who took part in the study) had liver abnormalities caused by coronavirus, finds a Mumbai based study

Mumbai: COVID-19 can have a significant impact on liver besides respiratory and other vital systems, a study by a civic-run hospital here has shown. The study by the Gastroenterology department of BYL Nair Hospital, which was among the main hospitals earmarked for treating coronavirus patients in the city, found that almost half the participants had developed liver abnormalities. The report was recently published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, a publication of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

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As many as 46 per cent of patients (who took part in the study) had liver abnormalities caused by coronavirus, overuse of experimental and potentially dangerous drugs early in the pandemic and critically low oxygen levels, it said.

Dr Pravin Rathi, gastroenterologist and dean of Nair Hospital said,

The study findings have underlined that the liver also took a huge hit due to COVID-19, like the lungs and heart.

Dr Sanjay Chandnani, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor at the hospital, told PTI that of 3,280 patients admitted in their COVID-19 center, around 1,500 patients above 18 years of age were examined during the study.

COVID-19 was known to affect respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and other systems, but there were very few studies describing liver involvement and liver function test (LFT) abnormalities, he said.

The study at Nair Hospital revealed that as the severity of COVID-19 infection increases, liver function abnormalities worsen, and such patients are more likely to develop a severe disease.

The report read,

In COVID-19, LFT abnormalities were common, and derangement increased as severity progressed. The presence of deranged LFT worsens the clinical outcome and predicts high risk of deaths in hospitalised patients.

“The cause of derangement is multifactorial. It could be due to virus itself, multiple drugs, complimentary and ayurvedic medications, low oxygen levels and any pre-existing liver disease,” Dr Chandnani said.

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