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P495. High C-reactive protein in Crohn's disease patients predicts nonresponse to infliximab treatment

E. Rodrigues-Pinto1, F. Magro1, J. Santos-Antunes1, F. Vilas-Boas1, S. Lopes1, A. Nunes1, C. Dias2, G. Macedo1, 1Centro Hospitalar São João, Faculdade Medicina Universidade Porto, Gastroenterology department, Porto, Portugal, 2Faculdade Medicina Universidade Porto, Health Decision and Information Science Department, Porto, Portugal


Infliximab (IFX) is effective in treating Crohn's disease (CD) and C-reactive protein (CRP) is a useful biomarker in assessing inflammatory activity. Our aim is to correlate CRP levels before beginning of IFX, at week 14 and CRP delta between baseline and week 14 within the first year of IFX treatment.


Cross sectional study of CD patients undergoing treatment with IFX. CRP levels of 148 CD patients were evaluated. Primary nonresponse (PNR) was defined as no symptomatic improvement and CRP persistently elevated; sustained response (SR) as symptomatic improvement for at least 1 year without therapeutic adjustment; response after therapeutic adjustment (RTA) as analytic and clinical response but requiring IFX dose/frequency adjustment or association with another drug.


Baseline CRP levels were higher in PNR compared with SR (26.2 mg/L vs 9.6 mg/L, p = 0.015) and RTA (26.2 mg/L vs 7.65 mg/L, p = 0.007). CRP levels greater than 15 mg/L at baseline predict PNR with 67% sensitivity and 65% specificity. Lower CRP levels at week 14 were more likely to predict SR relative to RTA (3.1 mg/L vs 7.6 mg/L p = 0.019) and PNR (3.1 mg/L vs 9.1 mg/L; p = 0.013). CRP levels greater than 4.6 mg/L at week 14 predict PNR with 67% sensitivity and 62% specificity. A higher CRP delta between beginning of treatment and week 14 is more likely to predict SR relative to RTA (5.25 mg/L vs 0.6 mg/L p = 0.027). Considering a CRP level cut-off of 4.6 mg/dL at week 14 as predictor of non-response, a CRP delta lower than 3.1 predicts non-response with 67% sensitivity and 64% specificity.


CRP levels at week 14 were associated with SR in patients treated with IFX, independently of baseline CRP serum levels. High inflammatory burden at beginning of IFX treatment was correlated with a worse response.