Contemporary Management of Ulcerative Colitis
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Purpose of Review
We discuss the newest evidence-based data on management of ulcerative colitis (UC). We emphasize risk-stratification, optimizing medical therapies, and surgical outcomes of UC.
Recent medical advances include introduction of novel agents for UC. Vedolizumab, an anti-adhesion molecule, has demonstrated efficacy in moderate to severe UC. Tofacitinib, a small molecule, has also demonstrated efficacy. Data on optimization of infliximab show the superiority of combination therapy with azathioprine over monotherapy with infliximab or azathioprine alone. Data on anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (anti-TNF) therapeutic drug monitoring also hold promise, as do preliminary data on the dose escalation of infliximab in severe hospitalized UC. Surgical outcome data are reassuring, with new fertility data showing the effectiveness of in vitro fertilization.
UC management is multi-disciplinary and changing. While novel therapies hold promise, better optimization of our current arsenal will also improve outcomes.
KeywordsUlcerative colitis Management Review Therapeutic drug monitoring
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Conflict of Interest
Rohini Vanga declares no conflict of interest.
Millie Long reports grants and personal fees from Takeda and personal fees from Pfizer, AbbVie, UCB, Target, and Pharmasolutions, outside the submitted work.
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