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Real-world effectiveness and safety of advanced therapies for the treatment of moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis (UC): evidence from a systematic literature review (SLR)

Makoto Naganuma 1Taku Kobayashi 2Reiko Kunisaki 3Katsuyoshi Matsuoka 4Shojiro Yamamoto 5Ami Kawamoto 6Daisuke Saito 7Kosaku Nanki 8Kazuyuki Narimatsu 9Hisashi Shiga 10Motohiro Esaki 11Shinichiro Yoshioka 12Shingo Kato 13Masayuki Saruta 14Shinji Tanaka 15Eriko Yasutomi 16Kaoru Yokoyama 17Kei Moriya 18Yoshikazu Tsuzuki 19Makoto Ooi 20Mikihiro Fujiya 21Atsushi Nakazawa 22Takayuki Abe 23Tadakazu Hisamatsu 6Japanese UC Study Group J Gastroenterol. 2023 Dec;58(12):1198-1210. doi: 10.1007/s00535-023-02048-w. 

Background: This multicenter observational cohort study aimed to evaluate the utilization and short-term efficacy of advanced therapy (AT) in hospitalized patients with acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC).

Methods: In total, 221 patients with ASUC were enrolled between August 2020 and July 2021. The primary endpoint was clinical remission (CR, defined as a patient-reported outcome score < 2 with no blood in the stool) rate on Day 7 and 14 in hospitalized patients who received corticosteroids (CS) and AT.

Results: Among patients with ASUC, 120 and 101 patients received CS or any AT as first-line treatment, respectively. The CR rates on Day 7 and 14 were 22.5% and 35.0%, respectively, in hospitalized patients who received CS as first-line treatment. Most patients who used ATs had CS-dependent or frequent recurrences. Eight different ATs (apheresis, tacrolimus, infliximab, golimumab, tofacitinib, vedolizumab, ustekinumab, and cyclosporine) were used as first-line treatment in patients with ASUC, and the CR rates on Day 7 and 14 were 16.8% and 29.7%, respectively. Twenty-five patients received the second ATs after hospitalizations, and the CR rates on Day 7 and 14 were 0% and 12%, respectively. The CR rates on Day 14 were significantly higher in patients who changed to AT than in those whose dose of CS increased (34.0% vs 10.7%, p = 0.020) among patients who had already used CS before hospitalization.

Conclusion: Most first-use ATs were effective for patients with ASUC, while second-use ATs might have had limited benefits in inducing CR. These findings may contribute to considerations for the management of hospitalized patients.

Real-world efficacy and safety of advanced therapies in hospitalized patients with ulcerative colitis – PubMed (nih.gov)

Real-world efficacy and safety of advanced therapies in hospitalized patients with ulcerative colitis | Journal of Gastroenterology (springer.com)

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Severe and refractory gastrointestinal toxicity due to immune checkpoint inhibitors: clinical experience in a tertiary referral hospital

Elena Céspedes Martínez, Virginia Robles Alonso, Claudia Herrera-De Guise, Luis Mayorga, Francesc Casellas, María Roca-Herrera, Natalia Borruel, Rev Esp Enferm Dig 2023;115(10):567-573

Introduction: immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) are increasingly used to treat several types of cancer. These drugs lead to a wide range of toxicities. Immune-related gastrointestinal adverse events are common and potentially severe. In this manuscript, we recount the real clinical experience in a tertiary center. Methods: a retrospective and observational study was conducted in adult patients under ICI treatment. Included patients had been referred to the Gastrointestinal Service of Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron for evaluation of severe toxicities, from January 2017 to January 2020, for whom the clinical, epidemiological and evolutive data were collected. Results: a total of 18 patients were included. Fifty-five percent received anti-programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)/anti-programmed death-ligand 1 (anti PD-L1), 11 % received anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) and 33 % received both treatments. The toxicities were manifested as enterocolitis, microscopic colitis and gastritis. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed in seven patients; all were proved to have histological changes on duodenum biopsies. Treatment was stopped in all patients and steroids were initiated. Sixty-six per cent achieved clinical remission with steroids. Five patients received anti-TNF treatment (infliximab). Only one of the five had responded. Two anti-TNF refractory patients received ustekinumab, with an appropriate clinical response. One patient received apheresis granulocyte as concomitant treatment. A patient with a steroid-dependent course started vedolizumab. Three patients had other immune-related adverse events. Conclusion: gastrointestinal immune-related adverse events are acquiring a higher profile in daily practice and gastroenterologists play an even greater role in the management of these patients.

Severe and refractory gastrointestinal toxicity due to immune checkpoint inhibitors: clinical experience in a tertiary referral hospital – PubMed (nih.gov)

REED – Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

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SY3-04 Real-world experiences of cytapheresis therapy for ulcerative colitis; results from large-scale multicenter observational studies

Taku Kobayashi

poster at ISFA 2019 pag 53

There are two types of extracorporeal therapy for treating active ulcerative colitis (UC), granulocyte and monocyte adsorption (GMA) and leukocytapheresis (LCAP). Although Sawada et al reported the efficacy of LCAP by the randomized controlled trial (Sawada K et al. Am J Gastroenterol 2005), the larger sham-controlled multicenter trial of GMA failed to prove its efficacy (Sands BE et al. Gastroenterol 2008). Therefore, evidence to show their efficacy relies more on the real-world data, including the post-marketing surveillance (PMS). The large-scale PMS for LCAP was named as REFINE study, involving 847 patients from 116 medical facilities in Japan (Yokoyama Y, Kobayashi T et al. J Crohn Colitis 2014). Adverse events were seen only in 10.3% and the vast majority were mild. The overall clinical remission rate was 68.9%, and the mucosal healing rate was 62.5%. These results were very consistent with the results from PMS of 697 patients treated with GMA, which also demonstrated its real-world effectiveness and safety (Hibi T et al. Dig Liver Dis 2008). In addition, a retrospective observational study aimed to evaluate the clinical outcome at 1 year and identify risk factors for relapse after LCAP was recently conducted among patients who had achieved remission in the PMS (Kobayashi T et al. J Gastroenterol 2018). The 1-year cumulative relapse free rate was 63.6%. Following LCAP, a high clinical activity and a high leukocyte count were associated with a greater risk of relapse. Intensive LCAP was associated with favorable long-term outcomes in corticosteroidrefractory patients. The response rate of re-treatment upon relapse was as high as 85%. These results on the risks of relapse as well as effectiveness of re-treatment may help to overcome the weakness of cytapheresis therapy in maintaining remission. Results from the clinical trial evaluating the clinical efficacy of intermittent maintenance cytapheresis therapy are also warranted.

http://www.atalacia.com/isfa/data/abstract.pdf

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The Italian registry of therapeutic apheresis: Granulocyte-monocyte apheresis in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. A multicentric study.

Stefano Passalacqua 1Pietro Manuel FerraroGiampaolo BresciValeria D’OvidioMarco AstegianoMariabeatrice PrincipiRoberto TestaRenata D’IncàDaniela ValpianiAlessandro ArmuzziRenato SablichFlaminia CavallaroFrancesco CostaVincenza Di LeoElisabetta ColomboAlessia SantiniAnnalisa AratariPierenrico LecisValeria SaladinoGabriele RieglerMarino MarcoFrancesca CalellaChiara RicciMaria Luisa GuidiGiuseppe RepaciMichele Silla, J Clin Apher. 2011 Dec;26(6):332-7.

Leukocytes are thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases; granulocyte-monocyte adsorptive (GMA) apheresis, an extracorporeal technique aimed at removing activated circulating leukocytes from the blood, may represent a safe and effective therapeutic tool in these patients. The Italian Registry of Therapeutic Apheresis performed an observational, multicentric study involving 24 Gastroenterology Units. In this study, laboratory data and clinical outcomes of 230 patients (148 males, mean age 43.5 years) affected with ulcerative colitis (UC, n = 194) or Crohn’s disease (CD, n = 36) who underwent one or more cycles of GMA were analyzed. Each cycle consisted of five GMA treatments. The patients were followed up for a mean of 8.7 (min. 3 to max. 12) months. At 3 months, positive outcome was achieved in 77.7% of UC patients (72.0% remission, 5.7% clinical response) and 61.3% of CD patients (54.8% remission, 6.5% clinical response). The cumulative proportion of positive outcome at 12 months was 87.1% for UC patients (83.7% remission, 3.4% clinical response) and 77.4% for CD patients (74.2% remission, 3.2% clinical response). No single clinical or laboratory parameter among those analyzed (age, sex, disease characteristics, history of smoking, medication history, baseline values of clinical activity index (CAI)/Crohn’s disease activity index (CDAI), hemoglobin, white blood cells count, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate) was independently associated with clinical outcome. The procedure was well tolerated with no significant adverse effects registered.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22072543/

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