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Covid has resulted in significant liver damage in some cases.

According to a new study done by academics at the University of Tennessee, up to 11% of Covid-19 users had liver co-morbidities.

During the course of the disease, 14% to 53% of people had higher levels of liver enzymes such alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST). Increased levels of liver enzymes may indicate that a person's liver has been damaged, at least briefly. Covid has resulted in significant liver damage in some cases. Swelling of the liver, jaundice (yellow discoloration of the eyes and urine), and failure of liver function tests are the most prevalent.


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Dr Shubham Vatsya, Consultant - Gastroenterology at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Faridabad, told IANS that nonspecific inflammation caused by Covid is fairly frequent in the liver and appears in numerous forms. "Covid infection can cause a wide spectrum of liver damage, some of which are entirely asymptomatic. It might result in jaundice or even liver failure "Dr. Jatin Agrawal, Associate Consultant, Gastroenterology, Max Hospital, Saket, added to the discussion.

Covid has resulted in significant liver damage in some cases. Swelling of the liver, jaundice (yellow discoloration of the eyes and urine), and failure of liver function tests are the most prevalent.


Chart showing how liver damage can lead to respiratory failure Covid infection can cause a wide spectrum of liver damage, some of which are entirely asymptomatic.Nature/wikipedia

Dr Shubham Vatsya, Consultant - Gastroenterology at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Faridabad, told IANS that nonspecific inflammation caused by Covid is fairly frequent in the liver and appears in numerous forms.

"Covid infection can cause a wide spectrum of liver damage, some of which are entirely asymptomatic. It might result in jaundice or even liver failure "Dr. Jatin Agrawal, Associate Consultant, Gastroenterology, Max Hospital, Saket, added to the discussion. While immunizations can lessen the severity of Covid infection, research on whether they can prevent liver impairment is "extremely sparse," according to him.

Also read: How masks prevent risks of Covid infection

Viruses can alter the liver's function in a number of ways, according to Agrawal. "One is due to the virus's direct effect on hepatocytes (liver's main functional cells) and cholangiocytes (bile duct epithelial cells) via the ACE2 receptor, while the other is due to medication interactions. The liver is affected by covid storm and sepsis "He expressed himself.

"Proper nutrition, intake of a high protein diet, which includes eggs, green leafy vegetables, paneer, it would help you maintain your immunity and it is also a very essential metabolite for the liver," Vatsya explained.

(IANS/PR)

(Keywords: Covid Infection, University of Tennessee, Liver, immunizations, hepatocytes, cholangiocytes, ACE2 receptor, high protein diet, green leafy vegetables, paneer)


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