Elevated transaminases and hypoalbuminemia in Covid-19 are prognostic factors for disease severity.


Prognostic markers are needed to understand the disease course and severity in patients with Covid-19. There is evidence that Covid-19 causes gastrointestinal symptoms and abnormalities in liver enzymes. We aimed to determine if hepatobiliary laboratory data could predict disease severity in patients with Covid-19. In this retrospective, single institution, cohort study that analyzed patients admitted to a community academic hospital with the diagnosis of Covid-19, we found that elevations of Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST), Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) and Alkaline Phosphatase (AP) at any time during hospital admission increased the odds of ICU admission by 5.12 (95% CI: 1.55-16.89; p = 0.007), 4.71 (95% CI: 1.51-14.69; p = 0.01) and 4.12 (95% CI: 1.21-14.06, p = 0.02), respectively. Hypoalbuminemia found at the time of admission to the hospital was associated with increased mortality (p = 0.02), hypotension (p = 0.03), and need for vasopressors (p = 0.02), intubation (p = 0.01) and hemodialysis (p = 0.002). Additionally, there was evidence of liver injury: AST was significantly elevated above baseline in patients admitted to the ICU (54.2 ± 15.70 U/L) relative to those who were not (9.2 ± 4.89 U/L; p = 0.01). Taken together, this study found that hypoalbuminemia and abnormalities in hepatobiliary laboratory data may be prognostic factors for disease severity in patients admitted to the hospital with Covid-19.






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Wagner, Jason, Victor Garcia-Rodriguez, Abraham Yu, Barbara Dutra, Scott Larson, Brooks Cash, Andrew DuPont, Ahmad Farooq, et al. (2021). Elevated transaminases and hypoalbuminemia in Covid-19 are prognostic factors for disease severity. Sci Rep, 11(1). p. 10308. 10.1038/s41598-021-89340-y Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/23222.

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Ahmad Farooq

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine

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