Use of an intravenous steroid regimen in the treatment of acute Crohn's disease.
Shepherd HA., Barr GD., Jewell DP.
The efficacy of a 5-day intensive intravenous regimen (IVR), used as treatment for severely active Crohn's disease in 49 patients, has been evaluated retrospectively. The value of such systemic therapy has not been reported before. Immediate remission was achieved in 38 (76%) patients with no significant difference between those with established disease and those seen for the first time. Patients with ileocolonic disease had the poorest response. There was no apparent change in the natural history of the Crohn's disease after IVR therapy. Nevertheless, this is a safe and effective method of achieving remission in most sick patients with severely active Crohn's disease.