Article ID: 8224-16
Objective Balloon-assisted endoscopy enables access to and treatment of strictures in the small intestine using endoscopic balloon dilation (EBD); however, the long-term outcomes of EBD have not been sufficiently evaluated. This study evaluated the long-term outcomes of EBD in Crohn's disease to identify the risk factors associated with the need for subsequent surgical intervention.
Methods We retrospectively analyzed patients with Crohn's disease who had undergone EBD with double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) for small intestinal strictures at a single center between 2006 and 2015. The long-term outcomes were assessed based on the cumulative surgery-free rate following initial EBD.
Results Seventy-two EBD with DBE sessions and 112 procedures were performed for 37 patients during this period. Eighteen patients (48.6%) required surgery during follow-up. Significant factors associated with the need for surgery in a multivariate analysis were multiple strictures (adjusted hazard ratio, 14.94; 95% confidence interval, 1.91-117.12; p=0.010). One patient (6.7%) required surgery among 15 who had single strictures compared to 17 (77.3%) among 22 patients with multiple strictures.
Conclusion In a multivariate analysis, the presence of multiple strictures was a significant risk factor associated with the need for surgery; therefore, a single stricture might be a good indication for EBD using DBE for small intestinal strictures in Crohn's disease patients.