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15June2023

Nutritional therapy for patients with Crohn’s Disease moves into the frontline

Dror Shouval, P-ECCO Member

Dror Shouval
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In the last decade, numerous biologics and small molecules have been tested in clinical trials for patients with Crohn’s Disease (CD), and some have already been approved and used effectively in such patients. However, there is increasing interest in the use of dietary therapies for patients with CD from both providers and patients, who often wish to start an intervention that is not associated with immunosuppression. In addition, studies in both animal models and humans have put the spotlight on different dietary components that can either provoke or suppress intestinal inflammation. As an example, specific emulsifiers that are widely used in the food industry as preservatives increase the susceptibility of mice to develop colitis [1] and also alter the faecal microbiome and metabolome in humans characterised by pro-inflammatory perturbations [2].

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 18, Issue 2, P-ECCO

15June2023

National IBD Pathways

Pär Myrelid, S-ECCO Chair

Pär Myrelid
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In many countries, cancer patients have had structural pathways for a number of years. Regardless of whether these are called two-week referrals, urgent referrals or cancer pathways, they have improved the care for many patients with a suspected malignancy. In a society with limited access to medical care, however, an improvement like this may come at a cost. Unfortunately, patients with chronic disease may be among those paying the price for the structural pathways within Oncology. This price comes in many different forms, but for our Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients it particularly involves prolonged waiting times for radiology, endoscopy and surgery. Thus the improvement achieved for patients with, for example, suspected colorectal cancer may at the same time represent an impairment for patients with an increased risk of developing the same type of cancer as intervals between endoscopic surveillance sessions tend to increase.

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO'23, Committee News, Congress News, Volume 18, Issue 2, S-ECCO

15June2023

Multidisciplinary perinatal care in IBD

Lihi Godny, D-ECCO Chair

 Lihi Godny 
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can affect women during their reproductive years. Prenatal, perinatal and postnatal factors may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and can also affect the long-term health of the infant. The perinatal period raises many concerns for the patient with IBD beyond medical therapy that can be addressed by the IBD multidisciplinary team (MDT). However, there is a lack of robust evidence on perinatal holistic management in IBD, and guidelines usually do not address non-medical and nutritional management. Therefore, D-ECCO initiated a collaborative Topical Review with the aim of assessing the scientific evidence and providing expert opinion on nutritional, psychological and supportive care for women with IBD and their infants throughout the perinatal period [1].

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 18, Issue 2, D-ECCO

15June2023

Why should you become an N-ECCO Committee Member?

Simona Radice, N-ECCO Member and Ana Ibarra, ECCO Member

Simona Radice
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Ana Ibarra
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There are plenty of reasons why, as an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Nurse, you should consider applying for this position, the first and foremost being to make a difference to the IBD nursing service across Europe and ultimately change the lives of patients with IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 18, Issue 2, N-ECCO

15June2023

Report on the Update of the Guideline on Extraintestinal Manifestations in IBD

Torsten Kucharzik, GuiCom Chair

Torsten Kucharzik 
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Up to 50% of patients with IBD suffer from extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs), which may impact every body system. EIMs are a source of considerable morbidity, and even mortality in the case of primary sclerosing cholangitis or venous thromboembolic events. Broadly, EIMs can be categorised as those resulting from inflammatory pathology at distant sites, the consequences of IBD and treatment, or wider associations. The underlying pathophysiology of extraintestinal inflammation is not fully understood. The systemic consequences of IBD lead to broader associations, including venous thromboembolic events and anaemia. Whether these are strictly EIMs is debated, but they result in great health burdens for our patients. 

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 18, Issue 2, GuiCom

15June2023

Call for 2024 ECCO Educational Workshop Destinations



The primary goal of the Educational Workshops organised by the ECCO Education Committee is to harmonise IBD practices within ECCO Country Members by presenting the practical use of the ECCO Guidelines on Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 18, Issue 2

15June2023

Report on the 70th ECCO Educational Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey

Manuel Barreiro-de Acosta , EduCom Member


Manuel Barreiro-de Acosta
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The 70th ECCO Educational Workshop took place at the Hilton Bakirkoy Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 3, 2023. This event, the first ECCO Workshop of the year, brought together participants from Turkey and Romania and provided the perfect conclusion to the Turkish Inflammatory Bowel Disease Annual Meeting, which had started on the previous day. The workshop featured interactive discussion on various clinical scenarios and hot topics in IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 18, Issue 2

15June2023

Letter from the e-Learning Ambassador

Pascal Juillerat, e-Learning Ambassador

Pascal Juillerat 
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Dear ECCO Members,

What a wonderful ECCO Congress we had in Copenhagen! It was truly lovely to see everyone again at our first face-to-face Congress since 2020.

With summer just a week away, I am happy to update you all on the new and exciting content on the e-CCO Learning Platform.

In my previous letter, I mentioned the revamped, new-look platform. If you have not had the chance to explore it yet, I recommend that you take a look! 

I am happy to announce that we have introduced new content on the e-CCO Learning Platform:

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, EduCom, Volume 18, Issue 2

15June2023

Introduction of new EpiCom Committee Members for 2023

Julien Kirchgesner, EpiCom Chair

Julien Kirchgesner
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During the recent ECCO Congress in Copenhagen, EpiCom said goodbye to Valérie Pittet and Behrooz Z. Alizadeh while Kristine Allin and Iago Rodríguez-Lago were welcomed as new Committee Members. We thank Valérie and Behrooz for their dedication to ECCO and wish them huge success in their future academic activities.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 18, Issue 2, EpiCom

15June2023

Best Investigator-Initiated Study Award at ECCO'23

Maria Chaparro, ClinCom Member


Maria Chaparro
© ECCO

The study entitled "Withdrawal of anti-tumour necrosis factor in Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients in remission: a randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial" received one of the two Best Investigator-Initiated Study Award at ECCO’23.

Biologic anti-TNF drugs have been a game changer for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. However, long-term maintenance of these drugs may be associated with potential adverse events and high costs. Therefore, patients and physicians are wondering whether it is possible to discontinue these drugs without significantly increasing the risk of recurrence.

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO'23, Committee News, ClinCom, Volume 18, Issue 2