The findings — revealed just lately within the journal Scientific Gastroenterology and Hepatology — are based mostly on 17,462 sufferers hospitalized for COVID-19. Greater than 3,200, or 18.5%, had GI manifestations.
Of these sufferers, 715 returned three and/or six months later for an outpatient go to. For 90% or extra, issues with gastroenteritis, pancreatitis and GI bleeding had resolved.
In the meantime, 81 sufferers with malnutrition have been nonetheless unable to achieve weight on the three-month mark. Their median weight reduction was round 15 kilos — which means half had dropped extra, and half much less.
By the six-month level, 44 sufferers have been nonetheless struggling to pack on some kilos, with a median weight lack of about 18 kilos.
Trindade pointed to the positives within the findings. “It’s reassuring that the overwhelming majority of GI points resolved,” he stated.
However for these with cussed weight reduction, Trindade stated, it is necessary to have ongoing care, together with visits with a nutritionist each time doable.
Glatt stated that with the vary of “lengthy haul” signs turning up in COVID sufferers, “there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all administration.”
“It is necessary that you simply be adopted up by the suitable specialist to your signs,” he stated.
Glatt additionally careworn the significance of prevention, via vaccination and measures to keep away from contact with the virus.
“The easiest way to keep away from these long-term signs is to not get COVID,” he stated.
The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has extra on long COVID.
SOURCES: Arvind Trindade, MD, affiliate professor, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Analysis at Northwell Well being, Manhasset, N.Y.; Aaron Glatt, MD, chief, infectious illnesses, Mount Sinai South Nassau, Oceanside, N.Y., and spokesman, Infectious Illnesses Society of America, Arlington, Va.; Scientific Gastroenterology and Hepatology, June 30, 2021, on-line