The ability of SARS-CoV-2 to infect the gastrointestinal tract is well described. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are believed to represent a disorganised immune response in genetically predisposed individuals, which are triggered by various environmental factors, notably infections. Here we report a case of chronic watery diarrhoea that was triggered by a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The work-up confirmed a new diagnosis of lymphocytic colitis, and the patient responded favourably to a course of oral budesonide. Clinicians should become vigilant to the possibility of triggered IBD in patients with persistent diarrhoea following a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- inflammatory bowel disease
- gastrointestinal system
- infection (gastroenterology)
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Contributors Case report conception: MNQ; data acquisition: ION, MNQ and GL; writing the case report: ION; critical review: NS, MNQ and GL.
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Competing interests None declared.
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