The duration of effect of infliximab maintenance treatment in paediatric Crohn's disease is limited.
SourceAlimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 33, (2011), pp. 243-250
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Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
SubjectIGMD 3: Genomic disorders and inherited multi-system disorders
BACKGROUND: Infliximab is effective for induction and maintenance of remission in children with moderately to severely active Crohn's disease (CD). AIM: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of infliximab treatment in paediatric CD. METHODS: In this observational, multicentre study, all paediatric CD patients in The Netherlands treated with infliximab from October 1992 to November 2009 and with minimal follow-up of 3 months since start of infliximab, were studied. RESULTS: One hundred and fifty-two CD patients [81M; median age at start of infliximab 15.0 years (IQR 13.1-16.4)] received a median number of 10.5 infliximab infusions (IQR 6-21). Median follow-up after start of infliximab was 25 months (IQR 13-40). Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that the cumulative probability of losing response to infliximab in patients who initially required repeated infusions was 13%, 40% and 50% after 1, 3 and 5 years, respectively. Seventy-four patients (49%) needed dose adjustments, with a median time to any adjustment of 6 months. CONCLUSIONS: Duration of effect of infliximab is limited as 50% of patients on infliximab maintenance treatment lose their therapeutic response after 5 years. Dose adjustments after start of infliximab are frequently needed to regain therapeutic benefit. These findings emphasise the need for effective, long-term treatment strategies for paediatric CD.
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