Infliximab in patients with severe steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis: Indian experience
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.
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.
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.
Infliximab averted colectomy in a proportion of patients with severe steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis.
KeywordsBiologicals Inflammatory bowel disease Rescue therapy