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  • IBD

    Intestinal Ultrasound as a Point of Care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Management and Diagnostic Yield

    Marietta Iacucci, MD, PhD, FASGE reviewing Bots S, et al. J Crohns Colitis 2021 Oct 12.

    Both Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) have a chronic, relapsing course, and adequate objective control of inflammation with close monitoring is crucial to prevent long-term damage and complications. Intestinal ultrasound (IUS) is being increasingly widely adopted in point-of-care (POC) settings. Researchers studied POC IUS in patients with CD or UC to determine its impact on outcomes and disease management.

  • IBD

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease Medications and Risk of Pneumonia

    David H. Bruining, MD, FASGE reviewing Khan N, et al. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2021 Oct 19.

    Pneumonia is one of the more commonly reported infections in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There is a paucity of data, however, regarding the impact of IBD medications on the risk of pneumonia and pneumonia-related hospitalizations. Researchers sought to further explore this question by performing a retrospective cohort study, utilizing the nationwide Department of Veteran Affairs dataset.

  • Covid-19

    COVID-19 Vaccination Appears Effective in Liver Transplant Recipients

    Jeffrey L. Tokar, MD, FASGE reviewing John BV, et al. Gastroenterology 2021 Nov 7.

    Concerns about the protection offered by mRNA vaccines for people who are immunocompromised persist. In this study, investigators assessed whether adult liver transplant recipients who were fully vaccinated were less likely to become infected with or die from COVID-19 compared with liver transplant patients who had received no or only partial vaccination.

  • Covid-19

    Large Health System Reports COVID-19 Incidence and Effects According to Vaccination Status

    Ferga C. Gleeson, MD, FASGE reviewing Naleway NL, et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021 Nov 19.

    Within Kaiser Permanente Northwest, a large integrated health care delivery system, incidence of confirmed COVID-19, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations from July through September 2021 were calculated by COVID-19 vaccination status, vaccine product, age, race, and ethnicity.

  • Covid-19

    Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Listing for Liver Transplantation

    Fadi Antaki, MD, FASGE reviewing Cholankeril G, et al. Hepatology 2021 Jul 26.

    The authors of this study used data from the United Network for Organ Sharing to analyze trends in liver transplantation in the U.S. The study focused on the immediate “pre-COVID era” (June 2019-Feb 2020) and the “COVID era” (April 2020-March 2021), comparing rates for listing, indications for listing, and liver transplantation between these 2 eras.

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