Combination Therapy With Ustekinumab Plus Intensive Granulocyte and Monocyte Adsorptive Apheresis in Patients With Refractory Ulcerative Colitis

Satoshi Tanida, Keiji Ozeki, Takuya Kanno, Takahito Katano, Naomi Sugimura, Hirotada Nishie, Hiroyasu Iwasaki, Mamoru Tanaka, Takaya Shimura, Eiji Kubota, Hiromi Kataoka


There are currently no reports on the efficacy and safety of combination therapy with ustekinumab (UST) plus intensive granulocyte and monocyte adsorptive apheresis (GMA) for the treatment of refractory ulcerative colitis (UC). We retrospectively evaluated the 10-week effectiveness of combination therapy with UST plus intensive GMA on refractory UC patients including two corticosteroid (CS)-dependent patients, two CS-refractory patients and one patient with loss of response to tacrolimus. Four patients were administered initial combination therapy of UST (6 mg/kg UST followed by subcutaneous injections of 90 mg UST every 8 weeks) plus intensive GMA. Of the four patients who received this combination therapy, two (50%) achieved clinical remission at 10 weeks. The rate of patients achieving endoscopic improvement (endoscopy subscore ? 1) at 10 weeks was 50%. In all cases, CSs were discontinued within 10 weeks. No adverse events were observed. Combination therapy with UST plus intensive GMA is helpful to reduce clinical disease activities in refractory UC patients and appears well tolerated.

J Clin Med Res. 2021;13(10-11):510-514


Ulcerative colitis; Induction therapy; Clinical remission; Endoscopic improvement

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