Background: Aim of the present report was to investigate the repercussions of COVID-19 pandemic on the procedural volumes and on the main indications of pediatric digestive endoscopy in Italy. Methods: An online survey was distributed at the beginning of December 2020 to Italian digestive endoscopy centers. Data were collected comparing two selected time intervals: the first from 1st of February 2019 to 30th June 2019 and the second from 1st February 2020 to 30th June 2020. Results: Responses to the survey came from 24 pediatric endoscopy Units. Globally, a reduction of 37.2% was observed between 2019 and 2020 periods with a significant decrease in median number of procedures (111 vs 57, p < 0.001). Both the median number of procedures performed for new diagnoses and those for follow-up purposes significantly decreased in 2020 (63 vs 36, p < 0.001 and 42 vs 21, p< 0.001, respectively). We reported a drastic reduction of procedures performed for suspected Celiac Disease and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (55.1% and 58.0%, respectively). Diagnostic endoscopies for suspected IBD decreased of 15.5%, whereas procedures for Mucosal Healing (MH) assessment reduced of 48.3%. Conclusions: Our study provides real-world data outlining the meaningful impact of COVID-19 on pediatric endoscopy practice in Italy.

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric endoscopy: a multicenter study on behalf of the SIGENP Endoscopy Working Group / Renzo, S.; Scarallo, L.; Antoniello, L. M.; Bramuzzo, M.; Chiaro, A.; Cisaro, F.; Contini, A. C. I.; De Angelis, G. L.; De Angelis, P.; Di Nardo, G.; Felici, E.; Iuliano, S.; Macchini, F.; Mantegazza, C.; Martelossi, S.; Oliva, S.; Parrinello, F.; Rea, F.; Pizzol, A.; Romano, C.; Russo, G.; Sansotta, N.; Lionetti, P.; Dabizzi, E.; Saccomani, M. D.; Di Toma, M.; Gatti, S.; Illiceto, M. T.; Isoldi, S.; Maino, M.; Pellegrino, M.; Strisciuglio, C.. - In: DIGESTIVE AND LIVER DISEASE. - ISSN 1590-8658. - 54:5(2022), pp. 572-579. [10.1016/j.dld.2022.02.010]

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric endoscopy: a multicenter study on behalf of the SIGENP Endoscopy Working Group

De Angelis P.;Di Nardo G.;Oliva S.;Russo G.;Isoldi S.;
2022

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Background: Aim of the present report was to investigate the repercussions of COVID-19 pandemic on the procedural volumes and on the main indications of pediatric digestive endoscopy in Italy. Methods: An online survey was distributed at the beginning of December 2020 to Italian digestive endoscopy centers. Data were collected comparing two selected time intervals: the first from 1st of February 2019 to 30th June 2019 and the second from 1st February 2020 to 30th June 2020. Results: Responses to the survey came from 24 pediatric endoscopy Units. Globally, a reduction of 37.2% was observed between 2019 and 2020 periods with a significant decrease in median number of procedures (111 vs 57, p < 0.001). Both the median number of procedures performed for new diagnoses and those for follow-up purposes significantly decreased in 2020 (63 vs 36, p < 0.001 and 42 vs 21, p< 0.001, respectively). We reported a drastic reduction of procedures performed for suspected Celiac Disease and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (55.1% and 58.0%, respectively). Diagnostic endoscopies for suspected IBD decreased of 15.5%, whereas procedures for Mucosal Healing (MH) assessment reduced of 48.3%. Conclusions: Our study provides real-world data outlining the meaningful impact of COVID-19 on pediatric endoscopy practice in Italy.
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