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Experience with granulocytapheresis in Crohn’s disease

Cuenca, F & Paredes, J & Mendoza, J & Cruz, D & Herrero, A & Díaz-Rubio, M.Revista española de enfermedades digestivas : organo oficial de la Sociedad Española de Patología Digestiva .2004,96. 501-3, 504. DOI:10.4321/S1130-01082004000700007.

Objective: To describe our experience with granulocyte apheresis to induce remission in patients with active Crohn’s disease refractory to conventional treatment. We summarize the results previously obtained with this technique.

Conclusions: Granulocyte apheresis is a safe and well tolerated therapeutic modality that can be a valid therapeutic alternative in the induction of remission in inflammatory bowel disease, although controlled clinical trials must be conducted to define long-term efficacy, as well as to establish “optimal patient” selection, re-treatment interval, and number of sessions.

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