The impact of covid-19 on gastrointestinal motility testing in asia and europe

Hideki Mori, Jolien Schol, Annelies Geeraerts, I. Hsuan Huang, Sawangpong Jandee, Sutep Gonlachanvit, Ping Huei Tseng, Ching Liang Lu, Takeshi Kamiya, Nayoung Kim, Yeong Yeh Lee, Shiko Kuribayashi, Jan Tack, Hidekazu Suzuki

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Background: The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has high infection and mortality rates, and has become a pandemic. The infection and mortality rates are lower in Asian countries than in European countries. This study aimed to conduct a survey on the effects of COVID-19 on the capacity to perform gastrointestinal motility tests in Asian countries compared with European countries. Methods: We used the questionnaire previously established by our team for researchers in European countries. The correlation between the decreased rate of gastrointestinal motility and function tests, and the infection/mortality rates of COVID-19 and stringency of a government’s interventions in each country was analysed and protective measures were assessed. Results: In total, 58 gastroenterologists/motility experts in Asian countries responded to this survey. The infection/mortality rates of COVID-19 and Stringency Index had a significant impact on the testing capacity of oesophageal manometry and catheter-based pH monitoring. In European countries, most facilities used filtering facepiece 2/3 (FFP2/3) masks during oesophageal motility studies. Meanwhile, in Asian countries, most facilities used surgical masks. Conclusion: The total infection and mortality rates of COVID-19 can affect the rate of gastrointestinal motility testing and the type of protective equipment that must be used.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3189
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorectal manometry
  • Breath tests
  • COVID-19
  • Catheter-based pH-monitoring
  • Infection prevention
  • Motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Oesophageal manometry
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Wireless pH-monitoring (Bravo®)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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