Can COVID 19 present like appendicitis?

IDCases. 2020 Jun 2:21:e00860. doi: 10.1016/j.idcr.2020.e00860. eCollection 2020.


Coronavirus disease -19 is a novel pandemic contagious respiratory infection that frequently presents with fever and dry cough. However, it can present with other rare symptoms. As this disease is a new disease, the full picture of the disease presentation is not yet clear, and it might present with symptoms and signs of other common diseases. Here, we report a 40 year old female who presented with acute onset nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and vague abdominal pain as a clinical picture of appendicitis, but her CT abdomen image showed normal appendix, bilateral patchy peripheral lung basal consolidation, and ground-glass attenuation, so she was tested for coronavirus disease-19, which was positive.

Keywords: ACE2; ACE2, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2; ARDS, acute respiratory distress syndrome; Appendicitis; CDC, communicable diseases center; COVID-19; COVID-19, coronavirus disease-19; MCV, mean corpuscular volume; Pandemic; Pneumonia; SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; WHO, World Health Organization.

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