Management of paediatric ulcerative colitis, Part 1: ambulatory care- an evidence-based guideline from ECCO and ESPGHAN

Turner Dan, Frank Ruemmele, Esther Orlanski-Meyer, Anne Griffiths, Javier de Carpi, Jiri Bronsky, Gabor Veres, Marina Aloi, Caterina Strisciuglio, Christian Braegger, Amit Assa, claudio Romano, Seamus Hussey, Michael Stanton, Mikko Pakarinen, Lissy de Ridder, Konstantinos Katsanos, Nick Croft, Victor Navas-Lopez, David WilsonSally Lawrence, Richard Russell

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Background: The contemporary management of ambulatory ulcerative colitis (UC) continues to be challenging with ~20% of children needing a colectomy within childhood years. We thus aimed to standardize daily treatment of paediatric UC and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)-unclassified through detailed recommendations and practice points.

Methods: These guidelines are a joint effort of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) and the Paediatric IBD Porto group of European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). An extensive literature search with subsequent evidence appraisal using robust methodology was performed before two face-to-face meetings. All 40 included recommendations and 86 practice points, were endorsed by 43 experts in Paediatric IBD with at least an 88% consensus rate.

Results: These guidelines centre on initial use of mesalamine (including topical), before using steroids, thiopurines and, for more severe disease, anti-TNF. The use of other emerging therapies and the role of surgery are also covered. Algorithms are provided to aid therapeutic decision making based on clinical assessment and the paediatric UC activity index (PUCAI). Advice on contemporary therapeutic targets incorporating the use of calprotectin and the role of therapeutic drug monitoring are presented, as well as other management considerations around pouchitis, extraintestinal manifestations, nutrition, growth, psychology and transition. A brief section on disease classification using the PIBD-classes criteria and IBDU is also part of these guidelines.

Conclusion: These guidelines provide a guide to clinicians managing children with UC and IBDU to provide modern management strategies while maintaining vigilance around appropriate outcomes and safety issues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2018


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