P339 Pregnant women with perianal Crohn’s Disease: suggestions for the improvement of the current guideline on delivery method

Schaafsma, I.(1);Hoogenboom, F.(2);Visschedijk, M.(1);Prins, J.(3);Dijkstra, G.(1);

(1)University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Groningen, The Netherlands;(2)University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Surgery, Groningen, The Netherlands;(3)University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Gynecology, Groningen, The Netherlands


Pregnant women with active perianal Crohn’s disease (CD), have an indication for a caesarean section according to the current ECCO guidelines. This advice is based on the assumption that vaginal delivery leads to exacerbation of perianal disease and to worsening of  faecal continence. However, there is no strong evidence to support this. This study aims to examine the effects of delivery method on perianal disease progression and faecal incontinence in women with perianal CD


In this retrospective cohort study, 209 women were selected from a large IBD database within a tertiary hospital in the Netherlands. All women are aged >18 years, have perianal CD, and have at least one child. In addition, 102 women of this cohort completed a questionnaire. Faecal continence was scored using the Vaizey-score. Descriptive analysis using SPSS and linear regression analysis were performed. The outcome was corrected for the years after delivery (median 15, range 0-55). p-values <0,05 were considered statistically significant.


The caesarean section rate within this cohort was 27,8%, which is high when compared the general Dutch population (14%). Within the group of women who delivered at least one child vaginally (n=84), 25,5% reported an alteration of faecal continence, compared to 18,8% of the women who never had a vaginal delivery (n=18). No significant relation between mode of delivery and faecal continence was found (B 0,97 [-1,19-3,14] p 0,375). The average Vaizey-score within this cohort in women who delivered solely through caesarean section had a median Vaizey-score of 5 (range 0-12). Women who had at least one vaginal delivery had an median Vaizey-score of 7 (range 0-20). In a large study amongst the general Dutch population (n=1259) a median Vaizey-score of 11 (range 0-17) was reported.


Faecal incontinence after vaginal delivery in CD women with perianal fistula is not significantly increased. Therefore the current guideline to advice a caesarean section should be adjusted and other factors such as  the location of the fistula should be taken into account. To draw solid conclusions, better registration of fistula location and objective documentation of fistula activity (using PDAI-score) and  stool consistency is needed.