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Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for IBD management

Presented By
Prof. Siew Ng, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Conference
ECCO 2022
Prof. Siew Ng (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) discussed the current evidence on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and COVID-19. The risk of COVID-19 in patients with IBD, the impact of IBD medication on COVID-19 severity, and guidance on COVID-19 vaccines in patients with IBD were the main topics. Risk of COVID-19 “In general, patients with IBD do not have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Prof. Ng. The incidence of COVID-19 among patients with IBD is relatively low (0.3%) compared with the general population (0.2–4.0%) [1,2]. In addition, it has been shown that the use of anti-TNFs or thiopurines does not lead to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 [3]. Regarding COVID-19 outcomes, it has been demonstrated that patients with IBD who are older, male, have comorbidities, or higher disease activity, are more likely to experience worse outcomes, such as hospitalisation, ventilation, or death ...


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