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P264 Assessing the risk for an intra-abdominal abscess in patients with Crohn's disease presenting to the emergency department

T. Khoury*1,2, S. Daher3, M. Massarwa3, W. Hazou3, D. Hackimian3, A. A. Benson3, E. Viener3, A. Mari2, W. Sbeit1, M. Mahamid2, E. Israeli3

1Galilee Medical Center, Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Naharia, Israel, 2The Nazareth Hospital, EMMS, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy United, Nazareth, Israel, 3Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem, Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Jerusalem, Israel


The aim of the present study was to generate a simple non-invasive scoring model to predict the presence of an intra-abdominal abscess in Crohn’s disease (CD) patients who present to the emergency department with disease exacerbation.


We performed a retrospective case–control study at two Israeli hospitals (Hadassah Medical centre in Jerusalem, and Nazareth Hospital in Nazareth) from January 2010 to 30 May 2018. Inclusion criteria included patients with an established diagnosis of CD and patients who had abdominal computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging performed. Patients were excluded if they had IBD-undefined, severe liver, or haematological diseases.


Three hundred and twenty-two patients were included; of these, 81 patients (25%) were diagnosed with an intra-abdominal abscess. In univariate analysis, ileo-colonic location (OR 1.88, 95% CI 1.131–3.12, p = 0.0148), perianal CD (OR 7.01, 95% CI 2.38–20.66, p = 0.0004), fever (above 37.5°C) (OR 1.88, 95% CI 1.08–3.25, p = 0.0247), neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) (OR 1.12, 95% CI 1.81–1.17, p < 0.0001), and C-reactive protein (CRP) (OR 1.10, 95% CI 1.06–1.14, p < 0.0001) were significantly associated with abscess formation, while, current use of corticosteroids was negatively associated with abscess formation (OR 0.46, 95% CI, 0.2–0.88, p = 0.0192). We developed a diagnostic score that included the 5 parameters that were significant on multi-variate regression analysis, with assignment of weights for each variable according to the co-efficient estimate. For ileo-colonic location (1 point), peri-anal disease (3 points), absence of current steroids (2 points), CRP > 0.5 mg\dl (5 points) and NLR > 11.75 (3 points) (defined by the Youden J index with corresponding sensitivity of 53%, and specificity of 85%). By ROC analysis, the area under the curve for this score was 0.83. A low cut-off score of <7 was associated with a negative predictive value of 93% for abscess formation, while a high cut-off score >9 was associated with positive predictive value of 65% (see Table 1).

Low cut-off ≤7Intermediate cut-off >7 and ≤9High cut-off >9Total
Abscess −ve\Abscess +ve146\1150\4120\38234\72
Positive predictive value41%65%
Negative predictive value93%86%
Likelihood ratio (+)2.245.89
Likelihood ratio (−)0.240.52
InterpretationAbsence of an abscess (93% certainty)Presence of an abscess (65% certainty)

Predictive value of the scoring system.


We recommend incorporating this scoring model into daily clinical practice in the ED as an aid for stratifying CD patients with low or high probability for presence of an intra-abdominal abscess.


1. Khoury T. Predictive value of the scoring system. 2018.