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Journal of Crohn's and Colitis ; 16:i337-i338, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1722324


Background: While vaccines against COVID-19 are effective in healthy individuals, we reported significantly lower serologic responses to BNT162b2 in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α agents. As this was apparent already, 4 weeks post vaccination, vaccine longevity is concerning. Aim: to assess long-term serologic responses to BNT162b2 in patients with IBD stratified according to medical treatment. Methods: A prospective, observational multi-center Israeli study. Patients with IBD (anti-TNFα treated versus non-anti-TNFα treated) and healthy controls (HC) were followed from before the, 1st BNT162b2 dose until, 6 months after vaccination. COVID-19 spike (S) and nucleocapsid (N) antibodies (Abs) concentrations were analyzed by ELISA, followed by neutralization studies. Specific anti-receptor binding domain (RBD) memory B-cells response, serologic responses against variants of concern (VOCs), Beta, Gamma and Delta, immunoglobulin levels and lymphocyte cell subsets were evaluated as well. Safety was assessed using questionnaires, clinical and laboratory data. Results: Of, 193 subjects, 130 had IBD (45 and, 85 in the anti-TNFα and non-anti-TNFα groups, respectively), 63 HC. Serologic response assessed, 176 (median) days (IQR, 166-186) and compared to, 4 weeks after, 1st dose significantly declined in all three groups, but was lowest in the anti- TNFα group:, 6 months anti-S Abs titer geometric means:, 193 (95%CI:, 128-292), 703 (520-951), and, 1253 (1023-1534) in anti-TNFα, nonanti- TNFα and HC groups, respectively, p<0.001, Figure, 1. This was further supported by neutralization and inhibition studies. Importantly, significantly decreased memory B-cell response towards RBD was detected only in the anti-TNFα group, with the most significant reduction in response to Beta VOC (p<0.0008 and p<0.0001, vs. non-anti-TNFα and HC, respectively). Older age was an additional predictor of lower serologic response. Immunoglobulin levels and lymphocyte cell subsets were comparable between the study groups. Infection rate reflected by anti-N Abs was ∼1% in all groups. Safety was comparable in all groups. Conclusion: The, 6-months serologic response to BNT162b2 vaccine, evaluated prospectively, decreased in all subjects, most prominently in patients with IBD treated with anti-TNFα. Importantly, the latter also had the sharpest decline in serologies, the lowest functional activity and lowest RBD specific memory B-cells. Older age is an additional predictor of decreased serologic response. Altogether, waning of COVID- 19 serologic and functional response over, 6 months, specifically in patients with IBD treated with anti-TNFα, supports the need for an early third vaccine dose. (Figure Presented).

J Crohns Colitis ; 14(14 Suppl 3): S807-S814, 2020 Oct 21.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-883089


The rapid emergence of the novel coronavirus [SARS-CoV2] and the coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19] has caused significant global morbidity and mortality. This is particularly concerning for vulnerable groups such as pregnant women with inflammatory bowel disease [IBD]. Care for pregnant IBD patients in itself is a complex issue because of the delicate balance between controlling maternal IBD as well as promoting the health of the unborn child. This often requires continued immunosuppressive maintenance medication or the introduction of new IBD medication during pregnancy. The current global COVID-19 pandemic creates an additional challenge in the management of pregnant IBD patients. In this paper we aimed to answer relevant questions that can be encountered in daily clinical practice when caring for pregnant women with IBD during the current COVID-19 pandemic. PODCAST: This article has an associated podcast which can be accessed at

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Inflammatory Bowel Diseases/therapy , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Pregnancy Complications/therapy , Betacoronavirus/isolation & purification , COVID-19 , COVID-19 Testing , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Disease Progression , Female , Humans , Immunosuppressive Agents/therapeutic use , Inflammatory Bowel Diseases/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pregnancy , Risk Assessment , SARS-CoV-2 , Severity of Illness Index