Analysis of current treatments used in clinical practice in a pediatric summer camp population for children with inflammatory bowel disease


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Abstract

Background:Many treatment options exist for children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), yet the lack of clinical guidelines for management has lead to great variation in care. The purpose of this project was to evaluate current treatment modalities in children from the Northeast US who applied to the 2010 session of Camp Oasis, a Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)-sponsored camp for children ages 8–17 with medically stable IBD.Methods:Patient demographics, medical history, and current medications were entered into the camp database. The subjects were divided into two groups; Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis/indeterminate colitis (UC/IC). In all, 164 applicants were included, 121 (74%) with CD and 43 (26%) with UC/IC.Results:There were no significant differences between the two groups with respect to median age at the time of camp, median age at diagnosis, or median length of illness. Of the 121 applicants with CD, 13 (10.7%) were on an antibiotic, 56 (46.3%) were on a 5-aminosalicylate (5-ASA), 10 (8.3%) were on corticosteroids, 57 (47.1%) were on immunomodulators, and 44 (36.4%) were on a biologic agent. Six (5%) were on both an immunomodulator and a biologic agent. Of the 43 subjects with UC/IC, 27 (62.7%) were on a 5-ASA, two (4.7%) were on corticosteroids, 13 (30.2%) were on an immunomodulator, and four (9.3%) were on a biologic agent. The groups were similar with regard to surgery (20.7% for CD and 18.6% for UC/IC).Conclusions:Identifying current treatment patterns may serve to highlight variations in care among this pediatric IBD population. (Inflamm Bowel Dis 2012)

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