Updates from the SECURE-IBD* registry reveal that treatment with thiopurine, either alone or in combination with tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFis), for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with a greater risk of severe COVID-19 compared with TNFis monotherapy.
Kids with Crohn’s disease may do well to start treatment on infliximab, which has proven to be superior to conventional regimens such as corticosteroids or exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) in terms of short-term clinical and endoscopic remission, according to the results of an open-label trial.
Removal of the gallbladder (ie, cholecystectomy) is not recommended at the time of intestinal resection among individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to data presented at AIBD 2020.
The three lymph node (LN) staging systems assessed in a recent study—the eighth TNM staging system, lymph node ratio (LNR, ratio between positive and total LN), and a new anatomic-based classification (Choi classification)—show comparable prognostic performance, but LNR-based classification better stratifies patients with resected gastric carcinoma (GC).
Dr. Hsu Li Yang, Dr. Tan Thuan Tong, Dr. Andrea Kwa,
08 Jan 2021
Antimicrobial resistance has become increasingly dire as the rapid emergence of drug resistance, especially gram-negative pathogens, has outpaced the development of new antibiotics. At a recent virtual symposium, Dr Hsu Li Yang, Vice Dean (Global Health) and Programme Leader (Infectious Diseases), NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, presented epidemiological data on multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria (GNB) in Asia, while Dr Tan Thuan Tong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), focused on the role of ceftazidime-avibactam in MDR GNB infections. Dr Andrea Kwa, Assistant Director of Research, Department of Pharmacy, SGH, joined the panel in an interactive fireside chat, to discuss challenges, practical considerations, and solutions in MDR gram-negative infections. This Pfizer-sponsored symposium was chaired by Dr Ng Shin Yi, Head and Senior Consultant of Surgical Intensive Care, SGH.