Mediterr J Rheumatol 2020;31(Suppl 2):295-8
Management of Patients with Inflammatory Diseases during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors Information
1. President of the Hellenic Nephrological Society (HNS)
2. President of the Hellenic Study Group for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (EOMIFNE)
2. Board Member of the Hellenic Study Group for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (EOMIFNE)
3. President of the Hellenic Society for the Study of Liver (HASL)
4. President of the Hellenic Society of Dermatology and Venereology (HSDV)
5. President of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (HSG)
6. President of the Greek Rheumatology Society & Professional Association of Rheumatologists (EPE-EPERE)

Patients with various inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, skin, liver, kidneys, and musculoskeletal system-connective tissues, often undergo different anti-inflammatory therapies to maintain remission and avoid serious and/or life-threatening complications. Available data so far show an increased rate of hospitalization in such patients during the COVID19 pandemic.

The key points of our position statement are summarized below:

• Patients with inflammatory diseases who receive moderate or high-risk anti-inflammatory therapies might be considered as an increased risk group for severe COVID-19 and appropriate measures should be taken in order to protect them.

• Initiation of immuno-suppressive/modulatory therapies should be done with caution, taking into account the severity of the underlying inflammatory disease, the type of anti-inflammatory treatment, and the risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

• Discontinuation of anti-inflammatory therapies in patients who have not been exposed to or infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not recommended.

• In patients who become infected with SARS-CoV-2, anti-inflammatory therapies should be discontinued, except in special cases.

• Specialty physicians should actively participate in the Interdisciplinary Teams caring for patients with inflammatory diseases during COVID19 infection.


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