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Biologic treatment of Japanese patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

BMC Gastroenterol; 18(1): 160, 2018 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30384833


There is little information regarding the use of biologics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients in Japan. The aim of this study was to determine the factors associated with the use of biologics in the treatment of Japanese patients with IBD.


An online survey was conducted among Japanese patients with IBD (n = 1035). Socioeconomic as well as treatment related information was collected. Logistic regression was applied to analyze the determinants of biologic treatment.


Younger age (≤ 40 years vs. > 65 years; OR:0.24), time since diagnosis (< 2 years vs. < 15 years; OR: 4.16), surgical history (OR:1.98) and visiting university hospitals (university hospitals vs. clinics; OR: 0.47) were associated with biologic treatment for Japanese IBD patients.


Currently, biologics have been used in younger IBD patients which may give rise to the presence of an age bias in biologic treatment. Further studies are required to confirm these results and to define appropriate IBD patients who should be treated with biologic agent.