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Outcomes of Perianal Fistulising Crohn's Disease Following Anti-TNFα Treatment Discontinuation.

Authors
  • Legué, Clémence1
  • Brochard, Charlène1, 2, 3
  • Bessi, Grégoire1
  • Wallenhorst, Timothée1
  • Dewitte, Marie1
  • Siproudhis, Laurent1, 2, 3
  • Bouguen, Guillaume1, 2, 3
  • 1 Department of Hepato-Gastroenterology, University Hospital of Pontchaillou, Rennes, France. , (France)
  • 2 Inserm 991, University of Rennes, France. , (France)
  • 3 CIC1414, Université de Rennes, France. , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
May 18, 2018
Volume
24
Issue
6
Pages
1107–1113
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/ibd/izy008
PMID: 29733370
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Discontinuation of antitumour necrosis factor (TNF)α therapy with perianal fistulising Crohn's disease remains controversial due to the risk of severe relapse without any clear evidence. The aim of this study was to assess the rate and type of perianal and luminal relapses following anti-TNFα discontinuation. All patients treated with anti-TNFα for perianal fistulising Crohn's disease with subsequent discontinuation of therapy were retrospectively reviewed from a prospective database (1998-2016). Cumulative probabilities of relapse-free survival were estimated by actuarial analysis. After a median follow-up of 62 months, 24 of the 45 patients experienced perianal relapse. A new surgical drainage was needed in 19 (79%) patients. The cumulative probabilities of perianal relapse at 1 and 5 years were 24% and 55%, respectively. Ileal localization (L1) at diagnosis, persistence of an external fistula opening, second line anti-TNFα use, or prior dose optimization was associated with perianal relapse, whereas continuation of immunosuppressive agents decreased this risk (HR = 0.3). Luminal relapse occurred in 42% of patients at 5 years. The cumulative probability of global relapse at 5 years was 67%. Retreatment with anti-TNFα allowed further remission in 23 of 24 (96%) patients. Half of patients with perianal fistulising Crohn's disease relapse within 5 years after anti-TNFα discontinuation. Immunosuppressant continuation may decrease this risk. The high risk of relapse (perianal and luminal) may suggest a benefit in pursuing biologics over a longer period in patients with perianal fistulas.

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