Endoscopy and MR enteroclysis: Equivalent tools in predicting clinical recurrence in patients with Crohnʼs disease after ileocolic resection
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BACKGROUND: Ileocolonoscopy poses the gold standard in the evaluation of postoperative recurrence of Crohn's disease (CD) at the site of ileocolonic anastomosis. Magnetic resonance enteroclysis (MRE) on the other hand is a promising technique for small bowel imaging. The aim was to compare MRE and ileocolonoscopy for predicting clinical recurrence in CD patients who have undergone ileocolonic resection. METHODS: We included 29 patients in the study. The median time since index operation was 35 months and between ileocolonoscopy and MRE was 3 days. Patients were followed up for a maximum of 2 years unless clinical recurrence occurred earlier. Endoscopic findings were evaluated on a 5-grade scale (i0-i4), whereas MRE findings on the neoterminal ileum and anastomosis were assessed according to a previously validated 4-grade scale MR score (MR0-MR3). RESULTS: By classifying patients into subgroups of endoscopic severity of postoperative recurrence using as a threshold an endoscopic score of i3, we found that 10% of patients in the i0 to i2 group had a clinical recurrence during the 2-year follow-up period as compared to 52.6% of subjects with i3 to i4 (P = 0.043). The corresponding clinical exacerbation rates in the subgroups based on MRE severity assessment were 12.5% for MR0 to MR1 and 50% for MR2 to MR3 (P = 0.09). CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that colonoscopy and MR enteroclysis are of similar value to predict the risk of clinical recurrence in postoperative patients with Crohn's disease.
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