Doctors studying the effects of the new coronavirus on the human body have found that the new coronavirus can have a huge impact on the intestines,media reported. The virus’s ability to attack ACE2 receptors on cells is thought to be associated with intestinal abnormalities, but more research is needed to reach firm conclusions. The study was published in the journal Radiology.
The new study reveals some hidden viruses, including abnormalities that affect the gut. The study recommends that doctors monitor such changes and that patients be vigilant and pay attention to abdominal symptoms.
So far, many new coronavirus studies have focused on the effects of COVID-19 on the lungs and heart of patients. These organs appear to be the most affected organs, and the patient’s symptoms are easy to describe. However, as more and more patients developed abdominal problems after positive diagnoses, the team decided to study their intestines.
The study included data on 412 patients who tested positive for the new coronavirus, and the researchers found that nearly one-third of patients who underwent abdominal imaging during treatment showed intestinal abnormalities.
“We found intestinal abnormalities in the imaging of PATIENTS WITH COVID-19, more commonly those who went to the ICU,” Dr. Rajesh Bhayana of Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement. “Some of the results are typical of ischemic bowel disease or intestinal necrosis. In those who had surgery, we saw small blood vessel clots next to the necrosis site of the intestine. Patients in ICU may be illoched by the intestines for other reasons, but we know that COVID-19 can cause clotting and small blood vessel damage, so the intestines may also be affected. “
The study did not conclusively determine the exact cause of intestinal discomfort in patients with COVID-19, but the researchers believe the virus’s ability to attack ACE2 receptors in tissue cells may be a major factor. “THE EXPRESSION OF ACE2 IS MOST ABUNDANT IN THE ALVEOLAR EPITHELIAL CELLS, INTESTINAL CELLS OF THE SMALL INTESTINE, AND ENDOTHELIAL CELLS OF THE BLOOD VESSELS, SUGGESTING THAT THE SMALL INTESTINE AND BLOOD VESSELS MAY BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO SARS-COV-2 INFECTION. The researchers explained.
Looking ahead, the researchers suggest that more research should be conducted to determine the extent of intestinal damage in patients with neo-coronavirus, while assessing the likelihood of abdominal changes in patients based on other risk factors.