Addendum to S3-Guidelines Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis: Management of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the COVID-19 Pandemic - open questions and answers

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  • Andreas Stallmach - , Klinik für Innere Medizin IV (Gastroenterologie (Author)
  • Andreas Sturm - , Klinik für Innere Medizin mit Schwerpunkt Gastroenterologie (Author)
  • Irina Blumenstein - , Pneumologie und Allergologie (Author)
  • Ulf Helwig - , Internistische Praxengemeinschaft Oldenburg (Author)
  • Sibylle Koletzko - , Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital, München (Author)
  • Petra Lynen - , Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gastroenterologie (Author)
  • Carsten Schmidt - , University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, Hepatologie, Bereich Endokrinologie, Diabetologie und Infektiologie), Klinikum Fulda gAG, Universitätsmedizin Marburg - Campus Fulda (Author)
  • Axel Dignass - , Kantonsspital Liestal - Medizinische Klinik (Author)
  • Torsten Kucharzik - , Klinik für Innere Medizin mit Schwerpunkt Gastroenterologie (Author)


The COVID-19 pandemic is a global outbreak of new onset infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To date, more than 3.4 million people have been infected throughout the world. In Germany, approximately 450,000 patients suffer from inflammatory bowel disease; these patients generally require continuous expert care and support. Against the background of a rapidly accumulating knowledge base on SARS-CoV-2, 68 expert authors of the current DGVS guidelines for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis took part in a virtual meeting to compile up-to-date, practice-orientated recommendations aimed at improving the care of patients with IBD. These recommendations address the risk of infection, including the risk for specific patient groups, the possible course of the disease, and consequences for pharmacological and surgical therapies of the underlying disease, as well as general measures for infection prevention and adjuvant prophylactic and therapeutic options.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-1002
Number of pages21
JournalZeitschrift fur Gastroenterologie
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

External IDs

Scopus 85092753711



  • Betacoronavirus, COVID-19, Colitis, Ulcerative/diagnosis, Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology, Crohn Disease/diagnosis, Germany, Humans, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases/diagnosis, Pandemics, Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology, Practice Guidelines as Topic, SARS-CoV-2