Prevalence and outcomes of COVID-19 among patients with inflammatory bowel disease - A Danish prospective population-based cohort study

Mohamed Attauabi, Anja Poulsen, Klaus Theede, Natalia Pedersen, Lone Larsen, Tine Jess, Malte Rosager Hansen, Marianne Kajbæk Verner-Andersen, Kent V Haderslev, Anders Berg Lødrup, Akbar Molazahi, Anders Neumann, Abdel Wase, Jakob Benedict Seidelin, Johan Burisch

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Background and Aims: As no population-based study has investigated the susceptibility and disease course of COVID-19 among patients with inflammatory bowel diseases [IBD], we aimed to investigate this topic in a population-based setting. Methods: Two cohorts were investigated. First, a nationwide cohort of all IBD patients diagnosed with COVID-19 was prospectively followed to investigate the disease courses of both diseases. Second, within a population-based cohort of 2.6 million Danish citizens, we identified all individuals tested for SARS-CoV-2 to determine the occurrence of COVID-19 among patients with and without IBD and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases [IMIDs]. Results: Between January 28, 2020 and June 2, 2020, a total of 76 IBD patients with COVID-19 were identified in the national cohort and prospectively followed for 35 days (interquartile range [IQR]: 25-51). A large proportion [n=19: 25%] required a COVID-19-related hospitalisation for 7 days [IQR: 2-8.5] which was associated with being 65 years or older (odds ratio [OR]=23].80, 95% confidence interval [CI] 6.32-89.63, p<0.01) and presence of any non-IMID comorbidity [OR=8.12, 95% CI 2.55-25.87, p<0.01], but not use of immunomodulators [p=0.52] or biologic therapies [p=0.14]. In the population-based study, 8476 of 231 601 [3.7%] residents tested positive for SARS-CoV-2; however, the occurrence was significantly lower among patients with IBD [62 of the 2486 patients=2.5%, p<0.01] and other IMIDs [531 of 16 492 patients=3.2%, p<0.01] as compared with patients without IMIDs. Conclusions: Patients with IMIDs, including IBD, had a significantly lower susceptibility to COVID-19 than patients without IMIDs, and neither immunosuppressive therapies nor IBD activity were associated with the disease course of COVID-19.

TidsskriftJournal of Crohn's & colitis
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)540-550
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 6 apr. 2021


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