COVID 19 Other investigations

By Dr Deepu Changappa Cheriamane

Laboratory tests

The most common ancillary laboratory findings in a study of 138 hospitalized patients were the following.
increased prothrombin time (PT)
increased lactate dehydrogenase
Other commonly identified abnormalities include:
mild elevated inflammatory markers (CRP 89 and ESR)
elevated D-dimer
mildly elevated serum amylase: 17% patients (study of 52 cases)
frank acute pancreatitis has not been reported
mildly deranged liver function tests are common, primarily elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
bilirubin rise is generally mild
alkaline phosphatase (AKP) and gamma‐glutamyl transferase (GGT) levels remain normal

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