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World J Hepatol. Dec 27, 2021; 13(12): 1909-1918
Published online Dec 27, 2021. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v13.i12.1909
Liver function in COVID-19 infection
Dagmara Przekop, Ewa Gruszewska, Lech Chrostek
Dagmara Przekop, Diagnostics-Experimental Center of Sexually Transmissible Diseases, Bialystok 15-879, Poland
Ewa Gruszewska, Lech Chrostek, Department of Biochemical Diagnostics, Medical University of Bialystok, Bialystok 15-269, Poland
Author contributions: Przekop D, Gruszewska E and Chrostek L wrote the paper, contributing equally to this work.
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Corresponding author: Lech Chrostek, MD, PhD, Full Professor, Department of Biochemical Diagnostics, Medical University of Bialystok, Waszyngtona 15A, Bialystok 15-269, Poland.
Received: February 25, 2021
Peer-review started: February 25, 2021
First decision: May 3, 2021
Revised: May 7, 2021
Accepted: November 24, 2021
Article in press: November 24, 2021
Published online: December 27, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: The frequency of abnormalities in liver function tests (LFTs) in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infected patients increases with age and is observed in males more than females. A pre-existing history of liver disease and comorbidity increases LFT abnormality and the likelihood of severe liver damage in COVID-19 infection. Antiviral treatment and treatment of comorbid diseases intensifies the hepatotoxic effect on the liver, which often manifests itself in higher levels in LFTs.