Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Original Article

Evaluation of Children Undergoing Endoscopic Procedures During the Normalization of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

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Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, SBU Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, izmir, Turkey

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Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, İzmir Katip Çelebi University & SBU Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, izmir, Turkey

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Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Katip Celebi University & SBU Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, izmir, Turkey

Turk J Gastroenterol 2022; 33: 515-519
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2022.21500
Read: 682 Downloads: 382 Published: 01 June 2022

Background: Given that procedures involving gastrointestinal tract lumens are high-risk and aerosol forming, the functioning of endos- copy units has been reorganized during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Guidelines recommend that all personnel should carry out procedures in a negative-pressure room with personal protective equipment; in the absence of a negative-pressure room, an ade- quately ventilated room should be used. During the normalization of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, this study aimed to evalu- ate children who were treated in our endoscopy unit without a negative-pressure chamber in terms of coronavirus disease 2019 after procedures.

Methods: Patients were questioned and evaluated prospectively for symptoms and contact with coronavirus disease 2019 patients on before and 7th and 14th days after the procedure.

Results: Seventy-eight procedures were performed on 69 patients over a 3-month period. The mean age of patients was 12.0 ± 5.1 years. Among all the procedures performed, 54 (69.2%) involved upper gastrointestinal system (GIS) endoscopy and 24 (30.8%) involved colo- noscopy. Furthermore, 72 (91.3%) of the procedures were performed in the pediatric endoscopy unit, and 6 (7.7%) were performed in the operating room. No coronavirus disease 2019 symptoms or presence was detected in the patients.

Conclusion: The ideal setting for an endoscopic procedure is in a negative-pressure chamber. However, this study has shown that endoscopic procedures can be performed in units without negative-pressure rooms but with appropriate protective equipment and evaluation of patients for coronavirus disease 2019 symptoms.

Cite this article as: Onbaşı Karabağ S, Baran M, Aksoy B, et al. Evaluation of children undergoing endoscopic procedures during the normalization of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Turk J Gastroenterol. 2022;33(6):515-519.

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