Thank you Shikha Rathi for a great lecture on osteoporosis!
Thank you to Dr Axelrod and Dr Horwitz for two amazing lectures recently!
For Dr Axelrod’s lecture:
Here are the highlights from Dr Horwitz’s lecture:
All of the above biases are present in observational studies, but eliminated in RCT
Cohort vs Case Control Studies
Risk ratio: Inc dz / everyone exposud vs (Inc of CA among /not exposed )
Case control easier when incidence is low, and when there is a long time bw exposure and development or dx of illness
Odds Ratio: Antecedent exposure / diseased pts vs antecedent exposure / non diseased (control)
- Exposure A is related to another exposure X, which may affect incidence of dz
- Intermediate confounding: Bias introduced in the intermediate between exposure and outcome state
- Loss to follow up
Types of Research
Change (Causal) Research
- Harm: etiologic or risk factor (RR or OR)
- Diagnostic accuracy
- Therapeutic: Real world evidence vs RCT
Conformity / Consistency Research
- Quality of Care
- Inter- and Intra- Observer Variation
Thank you to Dr Ehrlich for a very insightful lecture on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)!
Click here for the lecture powerpoint!
See Lecture Video Database for the lecture recording (coming soon).
- 1.4 million people in US
- Urban population
- Northern climates
- Bimodal age incidence distribution
- 15-30 yo
- 50-65 yo
- No known dietary triggers. So for the most part patients can eat whatever they want.
- See powerpoint Slide #5 for table describing differences between UC and Crohn’s.
- Note: Patients are at increased risk of cancer due to chronic inflammation
Medications for Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
- 5asa suppository or enema
- Steroid suppository, foam, enema
- Immunomodukators (6mp, azathioprine)
- Cyclosporine (rarely used anymore)
- Biologics (Anti TNF alpha inhibitors):
- Infliximab (IV infusion)
- Adalimumab (SC injection)
- Golimumab: similar to the other drugs on the market
- Budesonide MMX: newer agent; tablet that only gets released when it hits the colon. For mild to moderate UC. Use as an adjunct to 5asa to get pt back in remission
- Combination oral and topical initially. Then just oral when it’s better controlled
Avoid steroids if possible
Medications for Crohn’s Disease
- Only useful in Crohn’s Colitis.
- Immunomodukators (6mp, azathioprine)
- Methotrexate as adjunct
- Biologics (anti TNF alpha: Infliximab (IV infusion), Adalimumab (SC injection)
- Natalizumab: causes pml so not used anymore
- Vedolizumab: antibiotics integrin prevents leukocyte tracking. Similar to natalizumab, but specific to the gut. No PML so far. IV on weeks 0, 2, 6 and every 8 weeks thereafter
- More effective in UC compared to crohn’s
- Ustekinumab (Stelara) il 23 inhibitor, previously approved for psoriasis. Note at a higher dose for crohn’s.
- Check out the Uniti1 and Uniti2 Trials for more information
Health Maintenance in IBD Patients
Vaccines in Immunosuppressed Patients
As is inherent in the term, the immune response is blunted with immunosuppressives and thus live vaccines are contraindicated. BUT, there is no evidence that giving a vaccine will cause an IBD flare.
Definition of immunosuppression:
- Prednisone 20mg daily for two or more weeks and within three months of discontinuation
- Treatment with immunomodulators or biologics and within three months of discontinuation
- Significant protein/calorie malnurition
And other vaccines are contraindicated in immunosuppressives
Inactivated vaccines are able to be given in immunosuppression:
- Ex: TDaP, HPV, Influenza, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal
Live vaccines should NOT be given in immunosuppression:
- Ex: Varicella, Herpes Zoster, MMR
Bone Health in IBD
Assess bone density (via DEXA) in the following conditions:
- Total steroid use >3 months
- Inactive disease but past chronic steroid use of at least 1 year but within the last 2 years
- Inactive disease but maternal history of osteoporosis
- Inactive disease but malnourished or very thin
- Inactive disease but amenorrheic
- Post menopausal women regardless of disease status
Skin exam yearly if on immunosuppressed
Colonoscopy and Cancer Screening in IBD
- IBD with greater than 1/3 of colon affected? If yes, then start colon cancer screening 8 to 10 years after initial diagnosis. Then, screen every 1-2 years.
- Chromoendoscopy preferred
- Tobacco cessation
Tidbits on Medications
- 5-ASA: commonly causes renal insufficiency (check once yearly Cr)
- Immunomodulators (AZA, 6MP, MTX): monitor for blood and liver abnormalities; cancer(lymphoma), pancreatitis
- Check these tests weekly for a monthly then space out
- Anti-TNF alpha: Check HBV and TB before initiation
IBD during Pregnancy
- MTX absolutely contraindicated
- Sulfasalazine causes reversible azoospermia in men
- Key Point: Keep sxs controlled. Most meds can be continued during pregnancy
First Chief’s case of the season is over and done. The focus was on clinical reasoning and going through the steps of creating an appropriate problem representation, that leads to a differential diagnosis, which then triggers illness scripts.
Clinical Reasoning Tips to take away:
- Problem Representation- Create an effective “1-liner” about the patient and their story
- Salient features- i.e. fever, rash, lab abnormalities
- Temporal relation of conditions
- Illness Scripts- mental summary of a provider’s knowledge of a disease
- Predisposing conditions
- Pathophysiological insult
- Clinical consequences
Example from Chief’s Case (Malaria):
- 29 year old pregnant female, recently traveled to Sudan, presents with ~1 week of fever, shortness of breath, epigastric pain, found to have elevated total bilirubin, metabolic acidosis, anemia and thrombocytopenia.
- Pathophysiology- plasmodium infection, transmitted by mosquitos, going to liver and then invading RBCs
- Epidemiology- endemic areas (Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia), increased infection for young children, immunocompromised, pregnant women.
- Time Course- days to weeks, can lie dormant (P. vivax or P. ovale) for months in liver
- Salient symptoms/signs- fever, chills, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, abdominal pain, tachycardia, tachypnea, headache
- Diagnostics- anemia, thrombocytopenia, LFT abnormalities, U/S with hepatosplenomegaly. Thick/thin smear (x3 to completely rule out).
- Treatment- depends on resistance pattern and pregnancy status. Will need definitive treatment for dormant liver parasites.
Thank you for the expert opinion from Drs. Dan Mueller and Bizath Taqui!
Microbiome is the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that share our body space.
Clostridium difficile epidemic (30,000 deaths/year), with a cost of $5.2 billion annually. Recurrence rate 15-35% and increase up to 45-65% after more than one episode.
Risk factors- antibiotic use, hospitalization/health care exposure, long term care facility resident, advanced age, PPI use, IBD, pregnancy, immunocompromised.
Decreased fecal diversity noted in C. diff, with further decreases in diversity with recurrent infections.
Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) can work because normal fecal flora may “out compete” C. diff. There could be production of antimicrobials or an increase in secondary bile acid production
Indications for FMT:
- Recurrent or relapsing CDI- 3 episodes of mild to moderate C. diff infection or 2 episodes of moderate to severe.
- Moderate C. diff not responding to therapy for 1 week
- Fulminant cases not improving in 48 hours
Results from data collected for OpenBiome (the main stool banking company) shows an overall clinical cureof 84% with a single treatment. Lower GI delivery had superior results.
Risk factors for failure included severe/complicated disease, prior hospitalization for C. diff, being inpatient.
Risk of recurrent C. diff is increased by post FMT antibiotic use. Risk is unchanged if there is prophylactic use of C. diff antibiotics or probiotics.
Use of FMT in patients with IBD has shown a significant improvement in steroid free clinical remission and endoscopic response/remission
Check out the best practices at: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2443959
ACP Best Practices for Pulmonary Embolism:
- Use validated clinical prediction rules to estimate pretest probability
- Do not obtain D Dimer or imaging in patients with low pretest probability of PE and meet PERC RO criteria
- Get a D Dimer, and NOT imaging in:
- Moderate pretest probability
- Low pretest probability who do not meet all PERC rule out criteria
- Use age adjusted D dimer thresholds in patients >50yo
- Calculation: Age x 10ng/mL
- Do not get imaging in patients with D Dimer below age adjusted cutoff
- If high pretest probability, then:
a. Get CT angio pulm arteries
b. V-Q scan if cannot get CTPA
c. Do not get D Dimer