Clinical Characteristics of Korean Patients with Elderly-Onset Crohn's Disease: Results from the Prospective CONNECT Study

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The clinical course and prognosis of patients with elderly-onset Crohn's disease (CD) remain unclear. This study aimed to analyze the clinical characteristics and outcomes of elderly-onset CD patients from the prospective CONNECT study cohort, a nationwide, multicenter cohort study of patients with CD in Korea. Among a total of 1,175 patients in the prospective CONNECT study cohort, 94 patients (Montreal age A3) were included and divided into two groups according to their age at diagnosis: the elderly-onset group (diagnosed with CD after 60 years of age, n=26, 67.54±6.7 years) and late adult-onset group (diagnosed as CD at age 41 to 59 years, n=68, 48.06±5.1 years). The elderly-onset group was characterized by a lower Crohn's disease activity index at diagnosis (124.89±101.9 vs 189.55±128.6, p=0.023) and higher rates of previous anti-tuberculosis treatment (34.6% vs 4.4%, p<0.001) than the late adult-onset group. Compared with the late adult-onset group, the elderly-onset group showed a significantly less use of thiopurines (p=0.003), as well as anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha agents (p=0.047). Additionally, the elderly-onset group was less likely to require bowel resection than the late adult-onset group (p=0.067), suggesting that elderly-onset CD patients in Korea appear to have more favorable clinical outcomes than late adult-onset CD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-1000
Number of pages6
JournalGut and liver
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Research Program funded by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (2022ER050400).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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