Case of COVID-19 presenting with gastrointestinal symptoms

World J Virol. 2020 May 25;9(1):1-4. doi: 10.5501/wjv.v9.i1.1.


Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) predominantly present with the pulmonary symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We present a case of an 83 years old patient with COVID-19 who presented with only gastrointestinal symptoms without respiratory complaints. Our case raises the concern regarding our current lack of understanding of extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19. Given genetic homology between 2019 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) 2 and SARS-CoV, our case underscores the urgent need for further studies to understand the role of the gastrointestinal system in 2019 SARS-CoV-2 transmission and COVID-19 pathogenesis.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Diarrhea; Gastrointestinal; Pandemic; SARS-CoV-2.