Azithromycin and metronidazole versus metronidazole-based therapy for the induction of remission in mild to moderate paediatric Crohn’s disease : a randomised controlled trial.

Azithromycin and metronidazole versus metronidazole-based therapy for the induction of remission in mild to moderate paediatric Crohn’s disease : a randomised controlled trial.

Gut. 2018 Feb 02;:

Authors: Levine A, Kori M, Kierkus J, Sigall Boneh R, Sladek M, Escher JC, Wine E, Yerushalmi B, Amil Dias J, Shaoul R, Veereman Wauters G, Boaz M, Abitbol G, Bousvaros A, Turner D

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Crohn’s disease (CD) pathogenesis associated with dysbiosis and presence of pathobionts in the lumen, intracellular compartments and epithelial biofilms. Azithromycin is active in all three compartments. Our goal was to evaluate if azithromycin-based therapy can improve response and induce remission compared with metronidazole alone in paediatric CD.
DESIGN: This blinded randomised controlled trial allocated children 5-18 years with 10<Pediatric Crohn’s Disease Activity Index (PCDAI)≤40 to azithromycin 7.5 mg/kg, 5 days/week for 4 weeks and 3 days/week for another 4 weeks with metronidazole 20 mg/kg/day (group 1) or metronidazole alone (group 2), daily for 8 weeks. Failures from group 2 were offered azithromycin as open label. The primary end point was response defined by a decrease in PCDAI>12.5 or remission using intention to treat analysis.
RESULTS: 73 patients (mean age 13.8±3.1 years) were enrolled, 35 to group 1 and 38 to group 2. Response and remission rates at week 8 were identical 23/35 (66%) in group 1 and 17/38 (45%) and 15/38 (39%) in group 2 (P=0.07 and P=0.025, respectively). The needed to treat for remission was 3.7. Faecal calprotectin declined significantly in group 1 (P=0.003) but not in group 2 (p=0.33), and was lower at week 8 (P=0.052). Additional therapy was required in 6/35(17%) from group 1 versus 16/38(42%) in group 2 (P=0.027) by week 8. Among 12 failures in group 2, open-label azithromycin led to remission in 10/12 (83%).
CONCLUSIONS: The combination of azithromycin and metronidazole failed to improve response but was superior for induction of remission and reduction in calprotectin.
TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT01596894.

PMID: 29420227 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

PubMed Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29420227?dopt=Abstract