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More Post–COVID-19 GI Symptoms: Malnutrition, Weight Loss

After acute SARS-CoV-2 infection, patients report lingering malnutrition, loss of appetite, and failure to regain lost weight long after other gastrointestinal (GI) and non-GI symptoms have resolved, according to the results of a new study.

In the large, multicenter retrospective study published online in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Anam Rizvi, MD, and colleagues at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in New Hyde Park, New York, report a high prevalence of GI symptoms among patients with COVID-19.

They followed 17,462 adult patients who were hospitalized for severe COVID-19 between March 2020 and January 2021. Of these, 3229 (18.5%) also had GI symptoms.

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