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Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) associated with severe acute pancreatitis: Case report on three family members

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BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Abdominal pain is one of the known symptoms associated with coronavirus disease 2019. Little is known about the development of acute pancreatitis as a complication of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection. This case report describes the presentation of acute pancreatitis in two of three family members with severe COVID-19 infection.

METHODS: Data were collected from three family members admitted with COVID-19 to the intensive care unit in March 2020. This study was reviewed and approved by the local data and ethics committee (31-1521-253).

RESULTS: Two of the three family members were diagnosed with acute pancreatitis associated with SARS-CoV-2. Other causes of acute pancreatitis were excluded for both patients (including alcohol, biliary obstruction/gall stones, drugs, trauma, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercalcemia, and hypotension).

CONCLUSIONS: These cases highlight acute pancreatitis as a complication associated with COVID-19 and underlines the importance of measuring pancreas-specific plasma amylase in patients with COVID-19 and abdominal pain.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPancreatology : official journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et al.]
Volume20
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)665-667
Number of pages3
ISSN1424-3903
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

    Research areas

  • Acute pancreatitis, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Severe acute pancreatitis, Viral pancreatitis

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