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Bowel Perforation due to COVID-19: A Mini Review

Manisha V Ramani, Rajiv K Saxena, Chaitanya Indrani

Citation Information : Ramani MV, Saxena RK, Indrani C. Bowel Perforation due to COVID-19: A Mini Review. J South Asian Feder Obs Gynae 2020; 12 (6):427-431.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10006-1845

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Background: The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 was initially believed to be an infection of only the respiratory system. It is now known to have many extrapulmonary affections including gastrointestinal symptoms associated with high mortality rates. An unusual presentation of bowel perforation in a patient who had recently undergone cesarean delivery prompted us to report this mini review of bowel perforations attributed to coronavirus. Case: Our patient, a 19-year-old primigravida, underwent an emergency cesarean section under spinal anesthesia. Intraoperative events and postoperative period were uneventful, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 5. On the 10th postoperative day, the patient presented in septic shock to the emergency department with complaints of acute epigastric pain, vomiting, loose stools, and bilious discharge from the wound site. Oral contrast computed tomography was done, which revealed a proximal jejunal perforation. The patient was taken up for laparotomy followed by bowel repair with placement of intraperitoneal drains. Immediate postoperatively, the patient developed high-grade fever for which reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)_for COVID-19 was sent. The result for the same turned out to be positive. Twenty-four hours after the laparotomy, the intraperitoneal drains again started draining copious bilious discharge along with the deterioration of general condition of the patient. She expired on the third postoperative day. This was followed by a thorough research of the literature into possible etiologies for bowel perforation. In this mini review, we shall be discussing various case reports to determine the cause of such unusual presentation in our patient.

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