A study by Brazilian researchers found that some digestive disorders, such as gastroesophageal reflux and Barrett’s syndrome, may be related to an increased risk of death from covid-19. THE National afternoon talked to Helder Nakaya, professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of São Paulo and research coordinator.
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Barrett’s syndrome is caused by excess reflux in the esophagus, which generates a morphological change in the tissue. One of the molecules that changed was precisely the protein most used by the coronavirus to enter cells. This pointed to a new comorbidity that may be associated with more severe cases of covid-19.
To reach this conclusion, the research combined eight studies, according to Nakaya.
The clinical analysis was performed with 1,537 hospitalized patients.