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Kanzo/Acta Hepatologica Japonica ; 61(10):496-503, 2020.
Article in Japanese | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-20243418


COVID-19 due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which has become a global pandemic, produces elevated liver enzymes, especially in severe cases. The mechanism suggests involvement of an administrated drug, cytokine storm, or hypoxia, etc., as opposed to virus-induced direct damage. If liver enzymes are elevated in COVID-19, we should evaluate for the presence of other liver diseases, and strictly follow-up liver enzyme values. In patients with COVID-19 complicated by chronic liver disease, we will use telemedicine/visits by phone, so as not to interrupt the treatment of the underlying disease, avoid unnecessary outpatient visits, and strive to halt the spread of the infection. Metabolism-associated fatty liver disease, which is often related to obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, may be a risk factor for COVID-19 severity. International academic societies have recommended guidance outlining the evidence to date regarding the management of patients with COVID-19 and liver disorders, and chronic liver disease under the COVID-19 pandemic.Copyright 2020 The Japan Society of Hepatology.