Published online Aug 27, 2021. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v13.i8.859
Peer-review started: April 1, 2021
First decision: May 13, 2021
Revised: May 31, 2021
Accepted: July 9, 2021
Article in press: July 9, 2021
Published online: August 27, 2021
Data from the early months of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic suggest that acute care patient populations deferred presenting to the emergency department (ED), portending more severe disease at the time of presentation. Ad
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted both elective and acute medical care. Understanding the pandemic’s impact on acute care surgery patients can help inform responses to future COVID-19 surges or other public health crises.
The aim of this study was to examine the presentation, management, and outcomes of patients who developed gallbladder disease or appendicitis during the pandemic.
A retrospective chart review of patients diagnosed with acute cholecystitis, symp
Patients with gallbladder disease and appendicitis both had more severe presentations during the pandemic in 2020 as compared to the year prior.
The pandemic has affected patients with acute surgical conditions.
These findings can inform policy and public messaging surrounding stay-at-home orders and access to care during future COVID-19 surges.