Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Surgery


Biomarkers – Novel biomarkers of intestinal fibrosis in Crohn's disease

Principal Investigator: Peter Higgins, MD, PhD, MSc

Enrollment Status: OPEN

The hypothesis of this study is to determine if blood-based biomarkers of intestine-specific fibrogenesis and fibrosis will identify and quantify fibrostenotic intestinal damage, providing prognostic value for complications of Crohn's disease. The specific aims of this study are three-fold: To determine if levels of novel markers of intestinal inflammation discovered by proteomic analysis correlate with the presence and burden of fibrostenotic disease in patients with Crohn's disease; to determine if identified biomarkers of fibrosis predict the long-term development of fibrosis and recurrent intestinal fibrostenotic disease in post-operative patients; and finally, to determine if identified biomarkers of intestinal inflammation provide unique prognostic and predictive disease monitoring information compared to other biomarkers of disease activity including erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), fecal calprotectin, and lactoferrin. Patients with Crohn's disease who have active disease, intestinal narrowing, and who are scheduled for surgical resection will be recruited for this study.


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