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Cureus ; 14(4): e24285, 2022 Apr.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1856259


A 42-year-old female with a past medical history of femoral facial syndrome (FFS) and years of gastroesophageal reflux disease presented to our clinic with symptoms of dysphagia and iron deficiency anemia. On upper endoscopy, esophageal stricture and adenocarcinoma were detected. Unfortunately, the patient developed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) multi-organ failure prior to cancer treatment and died with dignity after choosing comfort care measures. To the best of our knowledge, we report the first case of FFS in an adult patient. This case also uniquely highlights the rare gastrointestinal manifestations of FFS.

Tech Innov Gastrointest Endosc ; 23(4): 313-321, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1366687


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has limited the ability to perform endoscopy. The aim of this study was to quantify the impact of the pandemic on endoscopy volumes and indications in the United States. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of data from the GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC) registry. We compared volumes of colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) during the pandemic (March-September 2020) to before the pandemic (January 2019-February 2020). The primary outcome was change in monthly volumes. Secondary outcomes included changes in the distribution of procedure indications and in procedure volume by region of United States, patient characteristics, trainee involvement, and practice setting, as well as colorectal cancer diagnoses. RESULTS: Among 451 sites with 3514 endoscopists, the average monthly volume of colonoscopies and EGDs dropped by 38.5% and 33.4%, respectively. There was regional variation, with the greatest and least decline in procedures in the Northeast and South, respectively. There was a modest shift in procedure indications from prevention to diagnostic, an initial increase in performance in the hospital setting, and a decrease in procedures with trainees. The decline in volume of colonoscopy and EGD during the first 7 months of the pandemic was equivalent to approximately 2.7 and 2.4 months of prepandemic productivity, respectively. Thirty percent fewer colorectal cancers were diagnosed compared to expected. CONCLUSION: These data on actual endoscopy utilization nationally during the pandemic can help in anticipating impact of delays in care on outcomes and planning for the recovery phase.