Observational Study
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World J Clin Cases. Oct 6, 2021; 9(28): 8404-8412
Published online Oct 6, 2021. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v9.i28.8404
Comparison of the impact of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography between pre-COVID-19 and current COVID-19 outbreaks in South Korea: Retrospective survey
Kook Hyun Kim, Sung Bum Kim
Kook Hyun Kim, Sung Bum Kim, Division of Gastroenterology and HepatologyDepartment of Internal Medicine, Yeungnam University, College of Medicine, Daegu 42415, South Korea
Author contributions: Kim KH designed the research and wrote the paper; Kim SB analyzed the clinical data and reviewed the manuscript.
Supported by the 2020 Yeungnam University Research Grant, No. 220A480002.
Institutional review board statement: This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Yeungnam University Hospital (IRB No. 2020-12-042).
Informed consent statement: Written informed consent was waived owing to the retrospective nature of this study.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Corresponding author: Kook Hyun Kim, MD, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Yeungnam University, College of Medicine, 170 Hyeonchung-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu 42415, South Korea. kimkh@yu.ac.kr
Received: June 22, 2021
Peer-review started: June 22, 2021
First decision: July 16, 2021
Revised: July 22, 2021
Accepted: August 30, 2021
Article in press: August 30, 2021
Published online: October 6, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: The advent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has transformed the patterns of endoscopic activities. However, little is known about the clinical impact associated with COVID-19 on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). We compared the change in the number of ERCP procedures, causes, and clinical outcomes of emergency ERCP before (2018, 2019) and during the COVID-19 (2020) outbreak at a tertiary referral hospital in South Korea.