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)
2  Hopital Cochin, Gastroenterology and Digestive Oncology, Paris, France (Ringgold ID: RIN26935)
David Bernardini
3  La Casamance Private Hospital, Gastroenterology Department, Aubagne, France (Ringgold ID: RIN197156)
Anne-Laure Tarrerias
4  Hopital Foch, Gastroenterology, Suresnes, France (Ringgold ID: RIN37918)
Erwan Bories
5  hopital privé de provence, Gastroenterology Department, Aix En Provence, France
Vianna Costil
6  Pôle Santé des 4 Temps, Gastroenterology Department, Puteaux, France
Bernard Denis
7  Hôpital Pasteur, Médecine A, Colmar, France
Rodica Gincul
8  Hopital E. Herriot, Service de Gastroentérologie, pavillon H, Lyon cedex 03, France
9  Centre d'Explorations Digestives, Gastroenterology, PARIS, France
9  Clinique de Bercy, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, CHARENTON LE PONT, France
Stephane Koch
10  CHU Besancon, Gastroenterology Department, Besancon, France (Ringgold ID: RIN55049)
Arthur Laquière
11  Hospital, Gastrenterology, Marseille, France
Thierry Lecomte
12  Trousseau University Hospital, Department of Hepatogastroenterology and Digestive Oncology, TOURS, France
13  St Brieuc Hospital, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, St Brieuc, France
Gabriel Rahmi
14  Georges Pompidou European Hospital, Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, Paris, France
Michel Robaszkiewicz
15  CHRU de Brest, Department of gastrointestinal endoscopy, Brest, France
Emmanuel Vaillant
16  Hopital, Gastroenterology, Lille, France
Geoffroy Vanbiervliet
17  Hôpital de L'Archet 2, Pôle digestif, Nice, France
Ariane Vienne
18  hopital privé d'Anthony, Gastroenterology, Anthony, France
Franck Dumeirain
19  Societé francaise d'endoscopie digestive, Gastroenterology Department, Limoges, France
Olivier Gronier
20  Clinique Sainte Barbe, 67000, Strasbourg, French Polynesia
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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