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Coronaviruses and gastrointestinal diseases

Authors
  • Luo, Xi1, 1
  • Zhou, Guan-Zhou1
  • Zhang, Yan1
  • Peng, Li-Hua1
  • Zou, Li-Ping1
  • Yang, Yun-Sheng1
  • 1 the First Medical Center, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, 100853, China , Beijing (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Military Medical Research
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Oct 14, 2020
Volume
7
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40779-020-00279-z
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The effects of coronaviruses on the respiratory system are of great concern, but their effects on the digestive system receive much less attention. Coronaviruses that infect mammals have shown gastrointestinal pathogenicity and caused symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Available data have shown that human coronaviruses, including the newly emerged SARS-CoV-2, mainly infect the respiratory system and cause symptoms such as cough and fever, while they may generate gastrointestinal symptoms. However, there is little about the relation between coronavirus and digestive system. This review specifically addresses the effects of mammalian and human coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, on the digestive tract, helping to cope with the new virus infection-induced disease, COVID-19.

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