Treating ulcerative colitis without medications “Look Mom, no drugs!”
Clinical response rates in uncontrolled inflammatory bowel disease studies have commonly run in the 30%–50% range; as a result, early uncontrolled trials need validation from adequately blinded randomized trials before widespread application of such novel therapies. Although the long-term maintenance data from this study (60% at 8 months) is encouraging, further studies of the optimal interval for repeating apheresis for reinduction of remission or maintenance arealso in order. The potential for apheresis-based therapies as either a stand-alone strategy or in combination with other proven therapies in
the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases also needs to be further elucidated. The promise of “no medications” for effective therapy in the treatment of ulcerative colitis is enticing, and perhaps a step closer, but clearly needs to be substantiated by larger controlled trials.
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