Although anti-saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) could be a useful biomarker in differentiating Crohn's disease (CD) from ulcerative colitis (UC), their role as prognostic markers in children with CD has been under-investigated. This longitudinal prospective observational study aimed to assess the prognostic value of ASCA status among children with CD managed using biologics.
The study population comprised of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) diagnosed with CD from 2012 to 2018. Cox-regression model with adjustment for a priori covariates was used to examine the response to anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) biological therapy among ASCA positive patients in comparison to ASCA negative patients.
There were 273 measurements available from the study cohort comprising of children with CD, who were followed up for a median duration of 14 months (IQR 5-42). ASCA positive patients had a higher risk for moderate to severe clinical disease (odds ratio (OR) 2.88; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.2–7.55) and extensive endoscopic distribution (OR 3.30; CI 1.12–9.74) at baseline in comparison to ASCA negative patients respectively. In comparison to ASCA IgG negative patients, ASCA IgG positive patients who were treated with biologics had a significantly lower relapse rate (aHR 0.12; CI 0.02–0.93). Ten (14%) patients had an unstable ASCA value with either ASCA IgA or ASCA IgG status changing from positive to negative or vice versa.
ASCA positive children with CD present with more extensive (endoscopic) and clinically severe disease. ASCA IgG is a useful prognostic marker among children with CD who receive biologics.
aDepartment of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
bClinical Research Unit, Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
cSection of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Winnipeg Children's Hospital, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Children's Hospital Research Institute, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
dManitoba Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network (DEVOTION), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
eDiabetes Research Envisioned and Accomplished in Manitoba (DREAM), Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
fDepartment of Pediatrics and Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Children's Hospital Research Institute, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Wael El-Matary, MBBCh, MD, MSc, FRCPCH, FRCPC, Dr. Head, Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Professor, Department of Pediatric and Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, AE 408 Children's Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, 840 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3A 1S1, Canada (e-mail: email@example.com).
Received 20 October, 2018
Revised 13 December, 2018
Accepted 16 January, 2019
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Abin Chandrakumar and Michael Georgy: Shared first authors.
Conflict of Interest: Dr. El-Matary served as an advisory board member for both Janssen Canada and AbbVie Canada. He also received research support for Janssen Canada.