Colectomy Rates in Ulcerative Colitis are Low and Decreasing: 10-year Follow-up Data From the Swiss IBD Cohort Study.

Parragi, Levente; Fournier, N; Zeitz, Jonas; Scharl, Michael; Greuter, Thomas; Schreiner, Philipp; Misselwitz, Benjamin; Safroneeva, Ekaterina; Schoepfer, A M; Vavricka, Stephan R; Rogler, Gerhard; Biedermann, Luc (2018). Colectomy Rates in Ulcerative Colitis are Low and Decreasing: 10-year Follow-up Data From the Swiss IBD Cohort Study. Journal of Crohn's & colitis, 12(7), pp. 811-818. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjy040

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Objectives Previous population-based studies in patients with ulcerative colitis [UC] revealed variable colectomy rates and colectomy-associated risk factors. Over the past two decades, a decrease in colectomy rates was observed. We assessed risk factors and colectomy rates over time in UC in the Swiss Inflammatory Bowel Disease Cohort Study [SIBDCS]. Methods Prospectively collected SIBDCS data, including disease history, baseline characteristics at enrolment, and course of disease, were retrospectively analysed. Cumulative and adjusted annual colectomy rates were calculated. Results Among 1245 UC patients analysed [54.6% male], 114 [9.2%] underwent colectomy. We observed 5-, 10-, 15-, and 20-year cumulative colectomy rates after diagnosis of 4.1%, 6.4%, 10.4%, and 14.4% of patients, respectively. Male sex (odds ratio [OR] 1.54; p = 0.035), pancolitis at diagnosis [OR = 2.16; p = 0.005], younger age at diagnosis [OR 0.89 per 5 years of age; p = 0.006] and presence of extraintestinal manifestations [EIM] [OR 2.30; p < 0.001] were risk factors for undergoing colectomy. We did not observe a significant protective effect of smoking on colectomy risk [OR 0.64; p = 0.106]. The majority of colectomies were performed within first 10 years of disease onset, with a rapidly decreasing colectomy rate after 15 years. In patients diagnosed after 2003, colectomy was performed much earlier during and individual's disease course. Nevertheless, we found a significantly decreasing trend in yearly colectomy rates over time after 2005. Conclusions Crude and adjusted colectomy rates in Swiss UC patients were lower than those reported previously in the literature, and decreased over time.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Safroneeva, Ekaterina


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services




Oxford University Press


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation




Christoph Müller

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19 Sep 2019 16:36

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