Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis represent the two major forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Recent research points out the role of uncontrolled intestinal inflammation in the pathogenesis of IBD. Therefore, there is a growing interest in developing novel biologic therapies targeting specific molecules of the inflammatory cascade. Among them, anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents (i.e. infliximab, adalimumab, certolizumab pegol) have proved to be effective, particularly for patients with refractory IBD. These biological therapies have changed, at least partially, the clinical course and medical management of IBD. However, the administration of anti-TNF drugs has also been associated with serious side-effects, which have raised concerns on the application of these drugs in clinical practice. The goal of this review is to provide an update and analyze the pros and cons of using anti-TNF therapies in the treatment of IBD.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|