P447 Combined fibrin glue with infliximab therapy of postoperative anastomotic fistula in patients with Crohn`s disease:A Pilot study

Li, Y.(1);Yao, D.(1);

(1)Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital -Shanghai Jiaotong University School, Department of Surgery, Shanghai, China


Postoperative anastomotic fistula is one of the most frequent and potentially life-threatening complications following gastrointestinal resections in patients with Crohn`s disease. The purpose of this study was to report the results of infliximab promoting healing of postoperative anastomotic fistula in patients with Crohn`s disease.


In this randomized controlled trial, 37 patients with postoperative fistula were assigned to combined(n=18) or control(n=19) groups and followed up for 6 months. The combined group received usual management protocol for fistula plus an intravenous infliximab therapy for 6 months. The control group received usual fistula protocol. The primary outcome was fistula closure time. The secondary outcome was any infectious complication such as recurrence of ECF, abdominal abscess, pneumonia, infectious diarrhea and other signs of infection.


Thirty-seven patients with postoperative anastomotic fistula were evaluated. There were18 patients randomized to the combined group who received fibrin glue combined with infliximab therapy. There were 19 patients randomized to the control group who received fibrin glue sealant therapy alone. No significant differences in demographic or clinical characteristics were found between the two groups( P>0.05). The combined group had a shorter closure time than the control group(50.5±11.1 vs 76.2±26.2 days, P=0.011). The combined group did not show higher infectious complications than the control group(P=0.167).


Infliximab strategy with combining fibrin glue is a safe and effective treatment alternative in the management of postoperative anastomotic fistula in Crohn`s disease, offering the advantage of reduced heal time of fistula.