One Year of Infliximab Therapy Successfully Improved a Case of Refractory Pouchitis without the Use of Antibiotics

Masahiro Iizuka, Takeshi Etou, Hitoshi Yagisawa, Toru Ishii, Shiho Sagara
2014 Internal medicine (Tokyo. 1992)  
A 29-year-old woman with ulcerative colitis underwent total colectomy with ileal-pouch-anal canal anastomosis in 1999. After the surgery, she developed refractory pouchitis. We administered metronidazole, mesalamine and ciprofloxacin; however, her clinical symptoms improved only very slightly. We initiated treatment with infliximab in June 2011 and discontinued the antibiotics. Thereafter, the patient's abdominal symptoms quickly improved. We discontinued the infliximab therapy in June 2012,
more » ... er which time, the patient's abdominal symptoms remained in remission for 40 weeks, without the use of antibiotics. This report suggests that infliximab is useful not only for improving the clinical symptoms of refractory pouchitis, but also discontinuing antibiotic therapy in such patients.
doi:10.2169/internalmedicine.53.2793 pmid:25400178 fatcat:h6zos3ta45ba7ed7i2z7n3sb44