Long-term durability of Crohn's disease treatment with infliximab

Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Apr;53(4):1033-41. doi: 10.1007/s10620-007-9969-z. Epub 2007 Oct 13.


Background: There is a paucity of data providing insight into the durability of Crohn's disease treatment with infliximab for periods longer than 12 months. Our aim was to assess the long-term durability of infliximab therapy.

Materials and methods: A total of 198 Crohn's patients under a maintenance regimen with infliximab, with at least a 30-month follow-up, were evaluated retrospectively. Long-term response maintenance was estimated using Kaplan-Meier analysis. The effect of specific variables was calculated using logistic regression and proportional hazard regression analyses.

Results: Maintenance of response rates at 72 months was estimated to be 66.4% for initial responders and 58.2% for all patients treated. Concurrent immunomodulators enhanced response maintenance in all patients treated, particularly if started >3 months before the initiation of infliximab therapy. Smoking significantly decreased the maintenance of response in initial responders.

Conclusions: Infliximab treatment of Crohn's disease is reasonably durable beyond 12 months. Concurrent immunosuppressive therapy may increase - and smoking may decrease - long-term response maintenance.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Crohn Disease / drug therapy*
  • Crohn Disease / pathology
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Drug Tolerance
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gastrointestinal Agents / adverse effects
  • Gastrointestinal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Infliximab
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Gastrointestinal Agents
  • Infliximab