P325 Real-World Effectiveness And Safety Of Ustekinumab In Patients With Ulcerative Colitis: A Multi-Centre Study

Parakkal, D.(1);Johnson, A.(2);Fenster, M.(3);Ramos, G.(2);Zulqarnain, M.(4);Ullman, T.(3);Huang, L.(1);Gutierrez, A.(1);Bruss, A.(4);Ungaro, R.(5);Cohen, B.(6);Gaurav, S.(7);Anish, P.(8);Sasankan, P.(6);Costable, N.(5);Pekow, J.(9);Wang, W.(9);Rubin, D.(9);Ciorba, M.(1);Beniwal-Patel, P.(4);Loftus, E.(2);Yarur, A.(4);

(1)Washington University, University of Washington, St. Louis, United States;(2)Mayo Clinic, Gastroenterology, Rochester, United States;(3)Montefiore Medical Center, Gastroenterology, New York, United States;(4)Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Gastroenterology, Milwaukee, United States;(5)The Mount Sinai Hospital, Gastroenterology, New York, United States;(6)Cleveland Clinic, Gastroenterology, Cleveland, United States;(7)Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Gastroenterology, Los Angeles, United States;(8)US Army Brooke Army Medical Center, Gastroenterology, Fort Sam Houston, United States;(9)University of Chicago Medicine, Gastroenterology, Chicago, United States


Pivotal trials have shown that ustekinumab (UST) is effective in ulcerative colitis (UC). However, the population included in these trials do not always represent the cohort of patients treated in the “real world”. In this study, we aimed to describe the effectiveness and safety of UST in a clinical cohort of patients with UC


We performed a multi-center cohort study and included patients with active UC starting UST. Variables collected included demographics, previous and current UC medications, disease activity (measured using partial and endoscopic Mayo score [PMS and EMS]) at 8 weeks, 6 months and end of follow-up. We also abstracted UST drug level and anti-UST antibodies (AUA), albumin and C-reactive protein levels. Primary outcomes were clinical response at week 8 defined as a reduction of 3 points in the PMS or PMS<2. Secondary outcomes were clinical remission defined as a PMS <2 and endoscopic remission defined as a MES ≤1, and the development of an adverse event (AE) attributed to UST.


Ninety-five patients were included with a median age of 42 years (IQR:32-57) and 53 (56%) were female. Median follow-up was 5 months (IQR:2.2-7.4). Only 4 (4.3%) were naïve to biologics or tofacitinib and 62 (66%) had previous exposure to at least 2 other biologics. No variables were found to be associated with response at week 8 (Figure 2). Those patients who responded at week 8 had higher median albumin levels vs those who did not (median of 4.4 [IQR: 4.1-4.6] vs 4.1 g/dL [IQR:3.8-4.3]; p=0.02).  There were no differences in baseline CRP levels (1mg/dL [IQR:0.6-2.8] vs 0.6 mg/dL [0.3-1.5]; p=0.06). Among the 33 patients who had follow-up endoscopic assessment, 7 (21.2%) had achieved endoscopic remission and 4 (12%) achieved histologic remission. Median UST level was 4.1 mcg/ml (IQR:2.5-5.1) and no patients had detectable AUA. Five patients underwent colectomy (5.3%). Only 6 patients (6.6%) presented with an AE (all minor that included, rash, headaches, arthralgias and infection).


In a population enriched with refractory UC, UST was well tolerated and induce response and remission in a significant number of patients. The rate of response was lower in obese patients and those with extensive colitis but was not associated with previous exposure to biologics and/or tofacitinib. Larger studies with a longer follow-up are warranted.

Figure 1: Rates of clinical response and remission in patients with UC receiving ustekinumab

Figure 2: Association between several baseline characteristics and response to ustekinumab in UC