Hospital Trends of Acute Pancreatitis During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Mitchell L. Ramsey, Arsheya Patel, Lindsay A. Sobotka, Woobeen Lim, Robert B. Kirkpatrick, Samuel Han, Phil A. Hart, Somashekar G. Krishna, Luis F. Lara, Peter J. Lee, Darwin L. Conwell, Georgios I. Papachristou

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Objective The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic led to changes in individuals' behaviors and healthcare delivery. We examined the impact of these changes on the rates and clinical course of acute pancreatitis (AP). Methods Hospitalizations for AP from March 1 through August 31 in 2019 (baseline group) and the same period in 2020 (pandemic group) were retrospectively reviewed. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used for demographics and outcomes. Results Two hundred eighty subjects (315 admissions) were identified in 2019 and 237 subjects (264 admissions) in 2020. Subjects in the pandemic group were more likely to have systemic inflammatory response syndrome (40% vs 25%, P < 0.01), pancreatic necrosis (14% vs 10%, P = 0.03), and persistent organ failure (17% vs 9%, P = 0.01) compared with prepandemic. There was no difference in etiology of AP. A multivariable model indicates that increased comorbidities, prior pancreatitis, pancreatic necrosis, and prescription of opiates at discharge were associated with 30-day readmissions during the pandemic. Conclusions Fewer patients were admitted for AP during the pandemic, suggesting that patients with milder symptoms avoided hospital interaction. Practices followed during the pandemic, especially avoidance of hospitalization and improved efficiency of hospital management, may reduce the burden of pancreatitis care in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-426
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2022

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  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • alcohol abuse
  • coronavirus disease 2019
  • healthcare resource utilization
  • pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


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