SARS-CoV2 RNA detection in a pancreatic pseudocyst sample

Pancreatology. 2020 Jul;20(5):1011-1012. doi: 10.1016/j.pan.2020.05.016. Epub 2020 May 28.


The involvement of gastrointestinal system in SARS-CoV2 related disease, COVID-19, is increasingly recognized. COVID-19 associated pancreatic injury has been suggested, but its correlation with pancreatic disease is still unclear. In this case report, we describe the detection of SARS-CoV2 RNA in a pancreatic pseudocyst fluid sample collected from a patient with SARS-CoV2 associated pneumonia and a pancreatic pseudocyst developed as a complication of an acute edematous pancreatitis. The detection of SARS-CoV2 within the pancreatic collection arise the question of whether this virus has a tropism for pancreatic tissue and whether it plays a role in pancreatic diseases occurrence.

Keywords: Covid-19; Endoscopic drainage; Pancreatic pseudocyst; SARS-CoV2.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Betacoronavirus / chemistry*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst / virology*
  • Pancreatitis / complications
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications*
  • RNA, Viral / analysis*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / complications
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Viral Load


  • RNA, Viral