Principles of care for patients with liver disease during the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic: Position statement of the saudi association for the study of liver disease and transplantation

Saleh A. Alqahtani, Abdulrahman A. Aljumah, Almoutaz Hashim, Thamer H. Alenazi, Mohammed AlJawad, Waleed K. Al Hamoudi, Mohammed Y. Alghamdi

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Abstract

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus was identified in patients in Wuhan, China. The virus, subsequently named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2, spread worldwide and the disease (coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19) was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. Older adults and individuals with comorbidities have been reported as being more vulnerable to COVID-19. Patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) have compromised immune function due to cirrhosis and are more susceptible to infection. However, it is unclear if patients with CLD are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and its complications than other populations. The high number of severe cases of COVID-19 has placed an unusual burden on health systems, compromising their capacity to provide the regular care that patients with CLD require. Hence, it is incredibly crucial at this juncture to provide a set of interim recommendations on the management of patients with CLD during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-280
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Saudi medicine
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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