, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 31-34
Date: 03 Sep 2013

Infliximab in patients with severe steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis: Indian experience

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Abstract

Introduction

The role of infliximab in the treatment of acute severe ulcerative colitis is established. However, all the data available in the literature are from western countries. This is the first report on the use of infliximab in patients with severe steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis from India.

Methods

Retrospective analysis of 28 patients who had received infliximab therapy for induction of remission, with three doses of 5 mg/kg at 0, 2, and 6 weeks, was performed.

Results

Twenty-four (85.6 %) patients had shown a clinical response by week 8 and, hence, avoided urgent colectomy. In 2 years of follow up, 9/16 (56 %) patients had not required colectomy.

Conclusion

Infliximab averted colectomy in a proportion of patients with severe steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis.