Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Review

The COVID-19 pandemic: Clinical practice advice for gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and liver transplant specialists

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Clinic of Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation, Guven Hospital Ankara, Turkey

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Liver Transplant Unit, Medipol University Hospital, İstanbul Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Mersin University School of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Health Sciences University, Gulhane School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Ege University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Koc University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Hatay Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, İstanbul University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of Gastroenterology, Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 31: 348-355
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2020.20413
Read: 305 Downloads: 133 Published: 20 May 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is a novel acute infectious disease that has rapidly reached staggering pandemic proportions. This review addresses gastroenterologists, hepatologists, liver transplant (LT) specialists, and health-care professionals working in the field of liver diseases and liver transplantation. It has been written based on a limited number of publications, recommendations of national and international liver and organ transplantation societies, and experiences of patients with COVID-19 around the world. The purpose of this review is to provide information addressing questions and concerns about COVID-19, to reveal the effects of the novel disease on patients with chronic liver disease and LT recipients, and to share information about ways in which this pandemic will affect clinical practices. We, the Turkish Association for the Study of the Liver (TASL), would like to remind you that this text is actually not a practical guide. It is imperative to act according to the standards set by health-care institutions and the Ministry of Health, Republic of Turkey.

Cite this article as: Kabaçam G, Dayangaç M, Üçbilek E, et al. The COVID-19 pandemic: Clinical practice advice for gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and liver transplant specialists. Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 5: 348-55.

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