We read with interest the recently described affections of the GI system in coronavirus disease (COVID-19).1 2 In addition to the effects on the gut, mild abnormalities in liver aminotransferase levels have been observed.3 4 We here report a previously non-described severe liver failure in a patient with COVID-19.
A 65-year-old man was admitted to our emergency department with fever up to 40°C, dry cough and dyspnoea. The chest CT scan showed typical features of COVID-19, such as ground-glass opacities and peripheral consolidations. A throat swab confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Aminotransferase concentrations were slightly increased (alanine aminotransferase (ALT) 69 U/L and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 92 U/L; upper limit of normal (ULN) ≤49 U/L). He had been receiving long-term treatment with hydrochlorothiazide and ramipril for arterial hypertension as sole medications and had no history of liver disease.