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Dis Colon Rectum. 1998 Jan;41(1):98-102.

Treatment of therapy-resistant perineal metastatic Crohn's disease after proctectomy using anti-tumor necrosis factor chimeric monoclonal antibody, cA2: report of two cases.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Two young females with well-documented Crohn's disease and nonhealing perineal wounds following proctectomy compatible with "metastatic Crohn's disease" are described. We hypothesized that metastatic Crohn's disease would be a tumor necrosis factor-dependent inflammatory reaction and have treated these two patients with the anti-tumor necrosis factor chimeric monoclonal antibody, cA2.

MAIN FINDINGS:

Administration of cA2 was followed by a rapid reduction of subjective and objective parameters of inflammation and caused a substantial reduction of the wound size.

CONCLUSION:

These preliminary data are consistent with a tumor necrosis factor-dependent inflammatory cause of Crohn's disease and its extraintestinal manifestations and provide support for targeting tumor necrosis factor in this condition.

PMID:
9510318
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