Abstract Background/Aims Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) is a therapeutic option for patients with severe, treatment-refractory Crohn’s disease (CD). The evidence base for AHSCT for CD is limited, with one randomised trial (ASTIC) suggesting benefit. The aim of this study was to evaluate safety and efficacy for patients undergoing AHSCT for CD in Europe outside the ASTIC trial. Methods We identified 99 patients in the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) registry who were eligible for inclusion. Transplant and clinical outcomes were obtained for 82 patients from 19 centres in 7 countries. Results Median patient age was 30 years (range 20-65). Patients had failed or been intolerant to a median of 6 lines of drug therapy. 61/82 (74%) had had surgery. Following AHSCT, 53/78 (68%) experienced complete remission or significant improvement in symptoms at a median follow-up of 41 months (range 6-174). 22/82 (27%) required no medical therapy at any point post-AHSCT. In patients who had re-started medical therapy at last follow-up, 57% (24/42) achieved remission or significant symptomatic improvement with therapies to which they had previously lost response or been non-responsive. Treatment-free survival at one year was 54%. On multivariate analysis, perianal disease was associated with adverse treatment-free survival (hazard ratio 2.34, 95% CI 1.14-4.83, p=0.02). One patient died due to infectious complications (CMV disease) at day +56. Conclusions In this multicentre retrospective analysis of European centres, AHSCT was relatively safe and appeared to be effective in controlling otherwise treatment-resistant Crohn’s disease. Further prospective randomised controlled trials against standard of care are warranted. Autoimmune disease, Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant, Crohn’s disease © European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) 2018. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact email@example.com
Journal of Crohn's and Colitis – Oxford University Press
Published: May 18, 2018
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