BACKGROUND: Methotrexate is an immunosuppressant used in the treatment of patients with Crohn's disease who are intolerant or refractory to azathioprine. AIM: To present clinical experience in terms of response, side effects and reason for cessation of methotrexate treatment as well as adherence to monitoring regimens. DESIGN: Retrospective review of case records of 37 patients taking methotrexate for Crohn's disease at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, a large UK teaching hospital. Thirty-five patients used oral methotrexate. RESULTS: Response rate to methotrexate was 78% at 3 months. Adverse events were uncommon and rarely dangerous. Monitoring of treatment did not adhere to British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines. CONCLUSION: Oral methotrexate is effective and safe in the treatment of Crohn's disease. This is in contrast to findings of previous series, which have mainly reported on intramuscular methotrexate use. Monitoring of treatment is currently inadequate and consensus should be sought for a pragmatic monitoring schedule to resolve this important governance issue.
|Translated title of the contribution||Clinical experience of methotrexate in Crohn's disease: response, safety and monitoring of treatment|
|Pages (from-to)||208 - 211|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Postgraduate Medical Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2010|