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New Guildelines Issued For Gastroenterologists Regarding Covid-19, GERD And IBD Patients Advised To Pay Attention To Aggravated Conditions
New Guildelines Issued For Gastroenterologists Regarding Covid-19, GERD And IBD Patients Advised To Pay Attention To Aggravated Conditions
Source: Covid-19 News  Mar 19, 2020  10 days ago
Clinicians at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have published a new report in the medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology  that  outlines key and critical information that gastroenterologists and patients with chronic digestive conditions need to know about COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.


 
Covid-19 is of particular concern for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who may take immunosuppression drugs.
 
The report, published in a journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, states clear guidance: “Patients on immunosuppression drugs for IBD should continue taking their medications. The risk of disease flare far outweighs the chance of contracting coronavirus. These patients should also follow CDC guidelines for at-risk groups: avoid crowds and limit travel.”
 
Dr Ryan Ungaro, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told Thailand Medical News "This is a rapidly evolving area with new information emerging on a daily basis. While COVID-19 is a significant global public health concern, it is important to keep its risks in perspective and stay up-to-date on current research and recommendations in order to provide our patients with the most accurate advice."
 
Diarrhea is also a common symptom in most patients even in early stages and should any gastroenterologists come across such patients, they should be investigated with care.
 
Meanwhile it has been reported in doctors elsewhere that GERD patients also have to pay careful attention as it has been found that in most GERD patients that are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the Covid-disease, there is often a manifestation of increased hyperacidity and associated symptoms. Individuals displaying that should only consider testing if they feel that they might have contacted the virus.
 
For more on Covid-19, please keep on checking  at Thailand Medical News.
 
Reference: Ryan C. Ungaro et al, What Should Gastroenterologists and Patients Know About COVID-19?, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.cgh.2020.03.020
 
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