The Stress of COVID-19: Playing Havoc with the Hormones-A Review

Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa (Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, Patiala,Punjab, India)
Ridhima Sharma (Superspeciality Paediatric hospital and Postgraduate teaching institute, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Madhuri S Kurdi (Karnataka Institute Of Medical Sciences(KIMS), Hubli, Karnataka, India)

Article ID: 2581



Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus- 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has affected millions of people across the world engendering an unprecedented pandemic. Coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 can present asymptomatic or in the form of the acute respiratory syndrome, viral pneumonia,or sepsis. Due to the novelty of the disease, the endocrine manifestations are not fully understood. It becomes indispensable to address the underlying endocrine disruptions contributing to the severe form of illness and thereby increasing the mortality.We discuss here the SARS-CoV-2 virus and endocrine reverberations based on the research with structurally similar SARS-COV-1. SARS-CoV-2 enters the body via its attachment to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors. Apart from lungs,ACE2 expression on various organs can lead to endocrine perturbations.In COVID-19 infection, pre-existing endocrine disorders warrant cautious management and may require replacement therapy. COVID-19 and its repercussions on hormones are discussed extensively in this review.


Endocrine;Hormones;Pandemic;Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus;(SARS-CoV)-2

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