Digestive disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GRED) and Barrett's esophagus may be associated with a high-risk death from COVID-19. Damage to the esophagus from stomach acid appears to cause increased expression of ACE2, the enzyme receptor to which SAR-CoV-2 binds to penetrate human cells. Esophageal cells, thereby, become more susceptible to infection by the virus.
Consultant Gastroenterologist, P D Hinduja Hospitals, Mumbai
Dr. Philip Abraham is a Consultant Gastroenterologist, P D Hinduja Hospitals, Mumbai. His educational background includes MBBS, MD in General Medicine, FCPS in General Medicine and DNB in Gastroenterology. He is the retired Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology, KEM Hospital. He has been the past President of Indian Society of Gastroenterology and Indian Motility and Functional Diseases Association.
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