Background/Aims: Magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) has emerged as an important tool in the diagnosis and follow-up of Crohn's disease (CD). The aim of this study was to evaluate whether MRE findings could predict the prognosis of CD. Methods: In this retrospective study, a total of 173 patients with clinical remission of CD (n=61) or active CD (n=112) were identified. The outcomes of clinical relapse, admission, surgery, and need for other medications according to the MRE findings were evaluated. Results: The presence of active inflammation on MRE was observed in 93 (83%) patients with clinically active CD and in 44 (72.1%) patients with clinical remission of CD, without a statistically significant difference (P=0.091). In multivariate analysis, active inflammation on MRE increased the risk for clinical relapse (hazard ratio [HR], 6.985; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.024-47.649) in patients with clinical remission of CD. In patients with clinically active CD, active inflammation on MRE increased the risk for CD-related hospitalization (HR, 2.970; 95% CI, 1.006-8.772). Conclusions: The presence of active inflammation on MRE was significantly associated with poor prognosis both in patients with clinical remission of CD and in those with active CD.
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This research was supported by two grants (A120176, HI13C1345) from the Korean Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute, which is funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea, and two grants (NRF-2013R1A2A2A01067123, NRF-2014R1A1A1008096) from the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea, which is funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.
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