Factors predicting a favorable disease course without anti-TNF therapy in crohn's disease patients

Toshihiro Inokuchi, Sakiko Hiraoka, Eriko Yasutomi, Shohei Oka, Yasushi Yamasaki, Hideaki Kinugasa, Masahiro Takahara, Seiji Kawano, Keita Harada, Hiroyuki Okada, Jun Kato

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Determining factors that predict a favorable disease course without anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents would help establish a more cost-effective strategy for Crohn's disease (CD). A retrospective chart review was performed for CD patients with disease durations > 10 years who had not received anti-TNF agents as first-line therapy. Patients were divided into 2 groups: those who received neither anti-TNF agents nor bowel resection (G1), and those who had received an anti-TNF agent and/or bowel resection (G2). The patient backgrounds, therapies and clinical courses were compared between the groups. A total of 62 CD patients met the inclusion criteria (males: 71%; median duration of follow-up: 19 years). Six patients were included in G1; they were significantly less likely to have upper gastrointestinal lesions than G2 (p=0.007). A multivariate analysis revealed that the significant factors for avoidance of bowel resection without anti-TNF treatment were non-stricturing and non-penetrating behaviors, and absence of upper gastrointestinal lesions at the diagnosis (hazard ratios 0.41 and 0.52; p=0.004 and 0.04, respectively). In consideration of the long treatment course of CD, patients with non-stricturing and non-penetrating behaviors and no upper gastrointestinal lesions should not be treated with anti-TNF agents as first-line therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-274
Number of pages10
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Anti-TNF agent
  • Bamboo joint-like appearance
  • Crohn's disease
  • Upper gastrointestinal lesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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