FRIDAY, July 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Some people severely ill with COVID-19 may struggle to regain lost weight for months afterward, a new study shows.
While COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, it's become clear that the infection can wreak havoc on the body in many ways. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms -- like nausea, diarrhea and even bleeding in the digestive tract -- are among the manifestations.
In some cases, GI problems are the only obvious symptom, said Dr. Arvind Trindade, of Northwell Health's Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y.
Exactly how GI issues resolve in patients seriously ill with COVID has been unclear.
So Trindade and his colleagues examined records from more than 17,000 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in their health system between March 2020 and January 2021.
Overall, they found, nearly one-fifth had GI problems when they arrived at the hospital.
Another common issue was malnutrition -- which can happen when patients are seriously ill in the hospital for long periods of time, Trindade said.
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