Endoscopy
DOI: 10.1055/a-1201-9618
Innovations and Brief Communications

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gastrointestinal endoscopic activity in France

Arthur Belle
1  Hopital Cochin, Gastroenterology Department, Paris, France (Ringgold ID: RIN26935)
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2  Hopital Cochin, Gastroenterology and Digestive Oncology, Paris, France (Ringgold ID: RIN26935)
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David Bernardini
3  La Casamance Private Hospital, Gastroenterology Department, Aubagne, France (Ringgold ID: RIN197156)
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Anne-Laure Tarrerias
4  Hopital Foch, Gastroenterology, Suresnes, France (Ringgold ID: RIN37918)
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Erwan Bories
5  hopital privé de provence, Gastroenterology Department, Aix En Provence, France
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Vianna Costil
6  Pôle Santé des 4 Temps, Gastroenterology Department, Puteaux, France
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Bernard Denis
7  Hôpital Pasteur, Médecine A, Colmar, France
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Rodica Gincul
8  Hopital E. Herriot, Service de Gastroentérologie, pavillon H, Lyon cedex 03, France
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9  Centre d'Explorations Digestives, Gastroenterology, PARIS, France
9  Clinique de Bercy, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, CHARENTON LE PONT, France
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Stephane Koch
10  CHU Besancon, Gastroenterology Department, Besancon, France (Ringgold ID: RIN55049)
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Arthur Laquière
11  Hospital, Gastrenterology, Marseille, France
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Thierry Lecomte
12  Trousseau University Hospital, Department of Hepatogastroenterology and Digestive Oncology, TOURS, France
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Vincent QUENTIN
13  St Brieuc Hospital, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, St Brieuc, France
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Gabriel Rahmi
14  Georges Pompidou European Hospital, Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, Paris, France
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Michel Robaszkiewicz
15  CHRU de Brest, Department of gastrointestinal endoscopy, Brest, France
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Emmanuel Vaillant
16  Hopital, Gastroenterology, Lille, France
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Geoffroy Vanbiervliet
17  Hôpital de L'Archet 2, Pôle digestif, Nice, France
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Ariane Vienne
18  hopital privé d'Anthony, Gastroenterology, Anthony, France
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Franck Dumeirain
19  Societé francaise d'endoscopie digestive, Gastroenterology Department, Limoges, France
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Olivier Gronier
20  Clinique Sainte Barbe, 67000, Strasbourg, French Polynesia
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Stanislas Chaussade
21  Hopital Cochin, Gastroenterology, Paris, France (Ringgold ID: RIN26935)
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Background and study aims: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has strongly affected medical activity around the world. We sought to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gastrointestinal endoscopic activity in France. Methods: We performed a web-based survey, including 35 questions on the responders and their endoscopic practice, from March 23rd to March 27th 2020, sent to the 3300 French gastroenterologists practicing endoscopy. Results: 694 (21%) gastrointestinal endoscopists provided analyzable data. 29.4% (204/694) were involved in the management of COVID-19 patients outside the endoscopy departments, and 98.7% (685/694) of the endoscopic procedures were canceled. 12.8% (89/694) of the gastroenterologists reported symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection, and a positive PCR was recorded in 12/197 (6.1%) vs. 3/497 (0.6%) patients in the high vs. low prevalence areas, p<0.0001. Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic led to a major reduction in the volume of gastrointestinal endoscopies performed in France in March 2020. The prolonged limited access to gastrointestinal endoscopy could lead to a delay in the management of patients with gastrointestinal cancers.



Publication History

Received: 28 April 2020

Accepted after revision: 17 June 2020

Publication Date:
17 June 2020 (online)

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