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.
|Journal||Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition|
|Publication status||Published - 30 May 2018|