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Effects of Anti-Inflammatory Therapy on Bursting Pressure of colonic Anastomosis in Dextran Sulfate Sodium Induced Colitis in Mice
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Oncology Centre.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Biosciences Institute, University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland.
Biosciences Institute, University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland.
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Abstract [en]

Background: The aim of this experimental study was to evaluate the effect of colitis and anti inflammatory therapies, respectively, on the healing of colonic anastomoses in mice.

Methods: Eighty four female C57BL/6 mice where randomized into eight groups; four groups continued receiving plain tap water and four groups receiving dextran sulfate sodium. Intraperitoneal treatment was given for 14 days with placebo, prednisolone (2 mg/kg bodyweight), azathioprine (5 mg/kg bodyweight) or infliximab (5 mg/kg bodyweight) until surgery with transsection of the colon and an end to end colonic anastomosis was performed. All mice were sacrificed on day 2 and bursting pressure measurements were recorded.

Results: In the DSS group the mice receiving placebo (n=4) had a more active inflammation with a bowel weight of 12.8 (10.6-15.0) mg/mm, which differed significantly from all the other therapy arms; prednisolone 8.1 (7.5-9.1) mg/mm (p=0.014), azathioprine 8.2 (7.0-8.5) mg/mm (p=0.0046), infliximab 6.7 (6.4-7.9) mg/mm (p=0.0055). Bursting pressure for the placebo group was 90.0 (71.5-102.8) mmHg and did not differ from the azathioprine or infliximab groups, 84.4 (70.5-112.5) and 92.3 (75.8-122.3) mmHg respectively. In contrast bursting pressure for the prednisolone-treated group was decreased compared to placebo, 55.5 (42.8-73.0) mmHg (p=0.0004), as well as compared with azathioprine (p=0.0004) and infliximab (p=0.0015).

Conclusions: All given therapies had effect on the DSS-induced colitis. A severe decrease in bursting pressure of a colonic anastomosis was seen after preoperative steroids but we found no effect of azathioprine or infliximab. Thus, AZA and IFX may not increase the risk for anastomotic complications per se; the need for these therapies may rather be seen as markers of severe IBD with increased risk of surgical complications.

Keyword [en]
Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Surgery; Postoperative Complications; Anastomosis, Surgical; Colitis, DSS
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54815OAI: diva2:310531
Available from: 2010-04-14 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2010-04-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Surgery and immuno modulation in Crohn’s disease
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2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease with unknown origin. This study investigates the combined use of surgery and immuno modulation in Crohn’s disease. The outcome of medication and surgery in 371 operations on 237 patients between 1989 and 2006 were evaluated. Moreover the effects of prednisolone, azathioprine and infliximab on the healing of colo-colonic anastomosis in 84 mice with or without colitis were evaluated.

The use of thiopurines after abdominal surgery in selected cases of severe Crohn’s disease was found to prolong the time to clinical relapse of the disease from 24 to 53 months. Patients on postoperative maintenance therapy with azathioprine had a decreased symptomatic load over time and needed fewer steroid courses.

The use of thiopurines was found to be a risk factor of anastomotic complications in abdominal surgery for Crohn’s disease together with pre-operative intra-abdominal sepsis and colo-colonic anastomosis. The risk for anastomotic complications increased from 4 % in those without any of these risk factors to 13 % in those with any one and 24 % if two or three risk factors were present.

In patients with two or more of these, or previously established, risk factors prior to surgery one should consider refraining from anastomosis or doing a proximal diverting stoma. Another possibility is to use a split stoma in which both ends of a future delayed anastomosis are brought out in the same ostomy hole of the abdominal wall. This method was found to significantly decrease the number of risk factors prior to the actual anastomosis as well as decreasing the risk of anastomotic complications, without increasing the number of operations or the time spent in hospital.

In the animal model all three medications had an ameliorating effect on the colitis compared with placebo. Only prednisolone was found to interfere with the healing of the colo-colonic anastomoses with significantly decreased bursting pressure compared with placebo as well as azathioprine and infliximab.

The association between azathioprine therapy and anastomotic complications may be due to a subgroup of patients with a more severe form of the disease who have an increased risk of such complications and also are more prone to receive intense pharmacological therapy.

Abstract [sv]

Crohns sjukdom är en kronisk inflammatorisk tarmsjukdom av oklar orsak. Huvudsyftet med denna avhandling var att undersöka den kombinerade behandlingen med kirurgi och immunhämmare vid Crohns sjukdom.

Utfallet av medicinsk och kirurgisk behandling vid 371 operationer på 237 patienter mellan 1989 och 2006 utvärderades. Därutöver studerades effekterna av kortison, immunhämmare och behandling med inflammationsdämpande antikroppar på läkning av tjocktarms-skarv på 84 möss med eller utan inflammation i tarmen.

Vid utvalda fall med svårare form av Crohns sjukdom visade sig förebyggande behandling med immunhämmare efter kirurgi förlänga tiden till återfall av symptom från 24 till 53 månader. Patienter med immunhämmare som underhållsbehandling hade också minskade symptom under uppföljningstiden med ett minskat behov av kortison.

Immunhämmande behandling inför kirurgi visade sig, liksom pågående infektion i bukhålan och sydd skarv på tjocktarmen, vara en riskfaktor för att drabbas av komplikationer vid bukkirurgi på grund av Crohns sjukdom. Risken för infektionskomplikationer i bukhålan ökade från 4 % hos dem utan någon av dessa riskfaktorer till 13 % hos dem med någon och 24 % hos dem med två eller tre riskfaktorer inför operationen. Hos patienter med två eller fler kända riskfaktorer bör man överväga att avstå från att sy en skarv på tarmen vid kirurgi eller möjligen skydda skarven med en avlastande stomi. Ett alternativ till detta är att anlägga en delad stomi där bägge ändarna av den framtida skarven tas ut genom en och samma stomiöppning i bukväggen. Denna metod med en fördröjd skarv på tarmen visade sig minska antalet kirurgiska riskfaktorer inför själva skarvningen och dessutom minska risken för tidiga infektiösa komplikationer i bukhålan, utan att vare sig öka antalet kirurgiska ingrepp eller förlänga vårdtiden på sjukhus.

I en djurmodell visade sig alla tre läkemedlen ha en lindrande effekt på tarminflammation jämfört med placebo. Endast kortison visade sig påverka läkningen negativt med en sänkning av bristningstrycket i den sydda skarven på tjocktarmen, jämfört med placebo såväl som med immunhämmare och antikropps-behandling. Kopplingen mellan immunhämmare och komplikationer efter sydda skarvar på tarmen behöver alltså inte vara en direkt läkemedelseffekt. Orsaken kan istället vara att en undergrupp av Crohnpatienter har en svårare sjukdomsform som ger både ökad komplikationsrisk och större behov av intensiv medicinsk behandling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2009. 95 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1150
Crohn’s disease, surgery, immuno modulation, complications, stoma, anastomosis, DSS, bursting pressure
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54816 (URN)978-91-7393-542-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-10-23, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (English)
Available from: 2010-04-14 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2010-09-17Bibliographically approved

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