P666 Frequency and outcome of SARS-CoV2 infection in patients with inflammatory bowel disease on different biological therapy

Resál, T.(1);Farkas, K.(1);Molnár, T.(1);

(1)University of Szeged, Ist Department of internal medicine, Szeged, Hungary


Since almost its 1 year outbreak declared by the World Health Organization on 11th March 2020, COVID-19 pandemic still cannot be controlled successfully. Inflammatory bowel disease potentially elevates the risk of infections, independently from the age, while disease activity and medical treatment(s) can increase the risk as well. Based on international data, in total, 4% receives the infection. Furthermore, 1.8% of the patients on biologic therapy needs intensive therapeutic care and 1% passes away.


This was an observational, questionnaire based study, carried out in Hungary, between February and March 2021. Our questionnaire consisted of 45 questions, that surveyed the impact of the pandemic among IBD patients, and the severity and outcome of the infection. Participants were on biologic therapy. Our aim was to determine the frequency and outcome of SARS-CoV2 infection in patients with inflammatory bowel disease on different biological therapy.


In total, 387 respondents completed the questionnaire, and 47 participants (12%) developed COVID-19 infection. 66.9% of them were receiving anti-TNF inhibitor, 16.8% vedolizumab, 12.1% ustekinumab, and 4.1% tofacitinib. Based on our cohort, different biologic therapies didn’t elevate the risk of infection (p=0.3486), nor the hospitalization rate (p=0.277). No one was in ICU or ventilator, and nobody passed away. Furthermore, 38.3% suspended the current biologic therapy, but it didn’t decrease the rate of hospitalization (p=0.533), however, it didn’t cause flare-ups either in the primary disease (p=0.415). Based on our cohort, neither vitamin supplementations meant protection against the infection (p=0.117), only regular mask wearing seems to protect patients with IBD (p=0.009).


Based on our cohort, more IBD patients develop the infection in Hungary, compared to international data, however, the outcome of the infection is more favourable. It seems, that the different biological treatments don’t affect the infection rate, and neither elevates the hospitalization rate. In generally, there is no need to suspend the current biologic therapy, however, it should be a matter of individual judgment. After all, we claim that mask-wearing still seems to be the most effective form of prevention.