Journal article

Topical tacrolimus in the treatment of perianal Crohn's disease: Exploratory randomized controlled trial

Ailsa L Hart, Sophie Plamondon, Michael A Kamm

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of topical tacrolimus in treating perianal Crohn's disease. METHODS: Nineteen patients, stratified into 7 with ulcerating, and 12 with fistulizing, perianal Crohn's disease were randomized to topical tacrolimus 1 mg/g (1 g ointment twice a day [bid]) or placebo for 12 weeks. Sixteen patients had been on, or were currently taking, azathioprine/6-MP, and 6 had received infliximab. The primary outcome in ulcerating disease was global improvement in perianal/anal lesions, as assessed by the attending physician; for fistulas, it was reduction of > or =50% of actively draining fistulas on 2 consecutive visits. Blood tacrolimus levels an..

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