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VINCENZO DAVIDE PALUMBO

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD) IN PREGNANCY: ANALYSIS OF THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF THE DISEASE ON THE FETUS AND THE NEWBORN AND THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

  • Autori: Arculeo, V.; Noto, M.; Guarneri, F.; Sinagra, E.; Palumbo, V.; Damiani, P.; LO MONTE, A.; Carini, F.; Tomasello, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2015
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/157063

Abstract

The Inflammatory Bowel Diseases(IBD), are a group of inflammatory diseases characterized by the presence of chronic inflammation, i the absenc of infectious ethiology. The two most well-known diseases in this group are: Crohn's disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). In cases where iti is not possible to distinguish between CD and UC, it is called Indeterminated Colitis. IBD can affect women pregnant. The causes of IBD are unknown, and the clinical course of the sdisease is characterized by phases of activity and remission. UC is a chronic inflammation of the mucosa of the colon and involving predominantly the left colon and rectum. It is associatred with presence of blood and mucus in the stool, diarrhea and anemia. characteristically, CD involves entire mgastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. In CD, the inflammatory infiltrate involves the entire intestinal wall. Clinically manifested by abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight loss. The complications are stenosis, fistulas, abscesses, and perianal involvement. In IBD TNF_alpha and proinflammatory cytokines are overexpressed. The analysis of the scientific literature shows that fertility, in pregant women suffering from IBD, is preserved. It shows slightly reduced for CD and ileo-anal pouch. Women with active disease at the time of conception have an increased risk of spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, with low birth weight and congenital malformations of the fetus. The indications for surgical treatment are the same as for non-pregnant women. The inactive disease or ileo-anal pouch is not a contraindication to spontaneous vaginal delivery, as is happens in the case of active colitis or perirectal fistulas or rectovaginal fistulas. Safe drug during pregnancy are: 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA), steroids, 6-Mercaptopurine (&MP), Atatioprine (AZA) and Infliximab. Contraindicateddrugs are Metrotrexate and Thalidomide. In conclusion, the expectations about pregnancy, in women affected of IBD, is similar to the general population, especiually if the conception occurs in inactive phase of the disease.