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Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Sep 15;26(6):795-806.

Meta-analysis: enteral nutrition in active Crohn's disease in children.

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The Second Department of Paediatrics, The Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. piotrdz@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Controversy exists surrounding the optimal treatment for inducing remission in active Crohn's disease.

AIM:

To review and update evidence on the effectiveness of enteral nutrition (EN) in treating active Crohn's disease in children.

METHODS:

MEDLINE, EMBASE and The Cochrane Library (up to February 2007) were searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) relevant to Crohn's disease and EN in children.

RESULTS:

We included 11 RCTs (n = 394). Seven RCTs (n = 204) compared EN with corticosteroid therapy. On the basis of pooled results of four RCTs (n = 144), we found no significant difference in the remission rates between groups (relative risk, RR 0.97, 95% CI 0.7-1.4, random effect model). Four RCTs (n = 190) compared two EN regimens. One of the four RCTs (n = 50) revealed a significant increase in the percentage of patients achieving remission in the total EN group compared with the partial EN group (RR 2.7, 95% CI 1-7.4). Because of lack of data, formal pooling of results was not possible for many outcomes (e.g., time until remission, duration of remission, growth data).

CONCLUSIONS:

Limited data suggest similar efficacy for EN and corticosteroids. As the number of patients needed to provide a definite answer is too large, future studies should focus on detailed outcome measurements including growth and quality of life.

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