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See detailConsecutive fecal calprotectin measurements to predict relapse in patients with ulcerative colitis receiving infliximab maintenance therapy.
De Vos, Martine; Louis, Edouard ULg; Jahnsen, Jorgen et al

in Inflammatory bowel diseases (2013), 19(10), 2111-7

BACKGROUND: This study examined whether fecal calprotectin can be used in daily practice as a marker to monitor patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) receiving infliximab maintenance therapy. METHODS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This study examined whether fecal calprotectin can be used in daily practice as a marker to monitor patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) receiving infliximab maintenance therapy. METHODS: This prospective multicenter study enrolled adult patients with UC in clinical remission under infliximab maintenance therapy. Fecal calprotectin levels were measured every 4 weeks. Sigmoidoscopies were performed at inclusion and at study end. Relapse was defined as a clinical need for change in treatment or an endoscopic Mayo subscore of >/=2 at week 52. Sustained deep remission was defined as a partial Mayo score <3 at all points and an endoscopic Mayo score 0 at week 52. RESULTS: Full analysis was possible for 87 of 113 included patients with UC (77%). Of these patients, 30 (34.4%) were considered to be in sustained deep remission and 13 (14.9%) to have relapsed. Calprotectin levels in patients with sustained deep remission remained very low (median < 40 mg/kg at all time points). Patients who flared had significantly higher calprotectin levels (median > 300 mg/kg) already 3 months before the flare. Further receiver operator curve analysis suggested that a calprotectin level >300 mg/kg had a reasonable sensitivity (58.3%) and specificity (93.3%) to model flare. Two consecutive calprotectin measurements of >300 mg/kg with 1-month interval were identified as the best predictor of flare (61.5% sensitivity and 100% specificity). CONCLUSIONS: Fecal calprotectin can be used in daily practice to monitor patients with UC receiving infliximab maintenance therapy. Two consecutive measurements >300 mg/kg is more specific than a single measurement for predicting relapse. [less ▲]

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See detailLetter: should immunosuppressive therapy be started with adalimumab in Crohn's disease? Authors' reply.
Reenaers, C.; Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg et al

in Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics (2013), 37(7), 752-3

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See detailQuinze ans d'anti-TNF dans la maladie de Crohn: comment tirer le meilleur de cette revolution therapeutique?
Louis, Edouard ULg; REENAERS, Catherine ULg; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67 Spec No

After fifteen years of use, the anti-TNF antibodies have become the corner stone of the treatment of moderate and severe Crohn's disease. The skill acquired over the years through experimental trials and ... [more ▼]

After fifteen years of use, the anti-TNF antibodies have become the corner stone of the treatment of moderate and severe Crohn's disease. The skill acquired over the years through experimental trials and clinical experience leads to increased therapeutic efficacy and minimized risks. These antibodies are introduced increasingly earlier in Crohn's disease as well as in a broader range of patients, aiming at changing the natural history of the diseases by avoiding the development of intestinal tissue damage and complications. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of medical therapies on inflammatory bowel disease complication rate.
REENAERS, Catherine ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg

in World Journal of Gastroenterology (2012), 18(29), 3823-7

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are progressive diseases associated with a high risk of complications over time including strictures, fistulae, perianal complications, surgery, and colorectal ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are progressive diseases associated with a high risk of complications over time including strictures, fistulae, perianal complications, surgery, and colorectal cancer. Changing the natural history and avoiding evolution to a disabling disease should be the main goal of treatment. In recent studies, mucosal healing has been associated with longer-term remission and fewer complications. Conventional therapies with immunosuppressive drugs are able to induce mucosal healing in a minority of cases but their impact on disease progression appears modest. Higher rates of mucosal healing can be achieved with anti-tumor necrosis factor therapies that reduce the risk of relapse, surgery and hospitalization, and are associated with perianal fistulae closure. These drugs might be able to change the natural history of the disease mainly when introduced early in the course of the disease. Treatment strategy in inflammatory bowel diseases should thus be tailored according to the risk that each patient could develop disabling disease. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes co-treatment with immunosuppressors improve outcome in patients with Crohn's disease treated with adalimumab?
Reenaers, C.; LOUIS, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2012), 36(11-12), 1040-8

BACKGROUND: There is clear benefit from combination therapy with infliximab and immunosuppressive drugs (IS), but few data are available for adalimumab (ADA). AIM: To assess the efficacy of ADA ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: There is clear benefit from combination therapy with infliximab and immunosuppressive drugs (IS), but few data are available for adalimumab (ADA). AIM: To assess the efficacy of ADA monotherapy and ADA+IS for induction and maintenance therapy in Crohn's disease. METHODS: Retrospective study of patients with Crohn's disease treated with ADA in Oxford, UK or Liege, Belgium. Treatment periods were divided into 6-month semesters. A combination therapy semester was defined as ADA+IS for at least 3 months; successful induction meant clinical response; a semester with flare as ADA dose escalation, starting steroids, perianal complication, or surgery; and ADA failure as ADA withdrawal for secondary loss of response or intolerance. Semesters with and without flares were compared through univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: Successful induction was achieved in 171/207 (83%) patients, with no significant difference between ADA+IS and ADA monotherapy (85% vs. 82%, P = 0.50). Five hundred and sixty-two semesters in 181 patients were included for maintenance analysis. ADA+IS was not associated with fewer semesters with flare (34% vs. 35%, P = 0.96), or with ADA failure (6% vs. 8%, P = 0.43). Nevertheless, combination therapy in the first semester was associated with a lower risk of ADA failure (5% vs. 10%, P = 0.04, OR = 0.48) and combination therapy beyond 6 months was associated with fewer semesters with flares (14% vs. 36%, P = 0.02, OR = 0.31). CONCLUSIONS: There may be a benefit from adalimumab+immunosuppressive drugs combination therapy during the first semester of initiating adalimumab, with a slight decrease in adalimumab failure and lower need for adalimumab dosage escalation. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetique et environnement dans les maladies inflammatoires chroniques de l'intestin.
Louis, Edouard ULg; VAN KEMSEKE, Catherine ULg; LATOUR, Pascale ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67(5-6), 298-304

Inflammatory bowel diseases are both environmental and genetic illnesses. More than one hundred genes or loci involved in the regulation of innate or acquired immune response as well as intestinal mucosa ... [more ▼]

Inflammatory bowel diseases are both environmental and genetic illnesses. More than one hundred genes or loci involved in the regulation of innate or acquired immune response as well as intestinal mucosa homeostasis have been identified. Environmental studies have been less numerous up to now and only smoking and appendectomy have been validated, as protector for ulcerative colitis, while smoking is clearly associated with an increased risk and more severe forms of Crohn's disease. An important role is also currently suspected for the intestinal flora and the dysbiosis described in inflammatory bowel disease could contribute to the triggering or the persistence of the inflammation. New therapeutic strategies are currently studied, particularly aiming at targeting immune, inflammatory or homeostatic pathways corresponding to the predisposing gene variants. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution and predictive factors of relapse in ulcerative colitis patients treated with mesalazine after a first course of corticosteroids.
Bello, C.; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Journal of Crohn's & colitis (2011), 5(3), 196-202

INTRODUCTION: Mesalazine remains the first line treatment for the induction and the maintenance of remission in mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC). Its efficacy as a maintenance treatment after a ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Mesalazine remains the first line treatment for the induction and the maintenance of remission in mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC). Its efficacy as a maintenance treatment after a first flare treated with corticosteroids has not been specifically studied. The aims of our work were to study a cohort of UC patients treated with mesalazine after a course of oral systemic corticosteroids and to identify predictive factors of relapse and of colectomy. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We studied retrospectively a cohort of 143 UC patients, who never received immunosuppressive drugs, and treated for the first time with oral corticosteroids for a flare. Among patients responding to corticosteroids, we studied the group treated by mesalazine after the flare. RESULTS: Fifty% (n=52) achieved a complete clinical remission with steroid weaning. In this group, 67% (n=35) received oral mesalazine. Seventy-five % of patients treated by mesalazine relapsed (median 29 months, range: 1-156). Fourteen % required a colectomy (median 11 months, range: 1-24). Kaplan Meier curve showed a relapse rate and a colectomy rate over one year of 26% and 11% respectively. In multivariate analysis, male gender and short duration of disease were predictive factors of the time-to-relapse. No factor was predictive of time-to-colectomy. CONCLUSION: Maintenance efficacy of mesalazine over one year after a first course of corticosteroids for a disease flare is reasonably high. The longer-term relapse rate becomes higher in male patients with a short disease duration. An immunosuppressive treatment could be discussed in case of further relapse despite improved medication-adherence. Medication-adherence should first be assessed and promoted. An immunosuppressive treatment could be discussed in case of further relapse despite improved medication-adherence. [less ▲]

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See detailHepatitis C of genotype 2: the role of medical invasive exams.
Putzeys, V.; GERARD, Christiane ULg; Bastens, B. et al

in Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica (2011), 74(2), 277-80

BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatitis C virus genotype 2 is the third in order of frequency in Belgium. The aim of this study was to better define the genotype 2 carriers' epidemiology characteristics. METHODS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatitis C virus genotype 2 is the third in order of frequency in Belgium. The aim of this study was to better define the genotype 2 carriers' epidemiology characteristics. METHODS: In a database comprising 1726 viremic hepatitis C virus patient from the south part of Belgium, the files of 98 genotype 2 carriers were reviewed. RESULTS: There was a strong association between genotype 2 and the mode of transmission. The rate of contamination by invasive medical exams was very high (23%), and statistically different from the one of the others genotypes. Eligibility for antiviral therapies and the rate of sustained viral response were high. CONCLUSION: HCV genotype 2 was highly associated with transmission by invasive medical exams. [less ▲]

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See detailDéfis pour réduire la mortalité liée à l'hépatite C: améliorer l'accessibilité au traitement et l'observance thérapeutique
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Lamproye, Anne ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(5-6), 354-357

Current therapies with pegylated interferon and ribavirin are effective to eradicate the virus C. Improvements in the treatment are foreseen in the near future with combination of the current treatment ... [more ▼]

Current therapies with pegylated interferon and ribavirin are effective to eradicate the virus C. Improvements in the treatment are foreseen in the near future with combination of the current treatment with antiviral therapies (antiproteases, antipolymerases). Eradication of the virus, when obtained, has a favorable impact on an individual basis. However, to reduce the mortality related to the virus C at a population level, an important point is the accessibility to the therapy. It has been calculated that the impact of better management of hepatitis C to reduce mortality is minimal, due to a poor accessibility to the therapy. To obtain a significant additional reduction of mortality, a better screening, a better access to therapy and a better compliance are crucial. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Le lymphangiome kystique du mesentere
Verdin, Vanessa ULg; Seydel, Benoît ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(11), 615-8

Cystic lymphangioma of the mesentery is a benign condition, probably of malformative origin, and frequently appearing in infancy. Its symptomatology can be very polymorphic. Its diagnosis is suspected by ... [more ▼]

Cystic lymphangioma of the mesentery is a benign condition, probably of malformative origin, and frequently appearing in infancy. Its symptomatology can be very polymorphic. Its diagnosis is suspected by ultrasonography and computed tomography, and definitely confirmed by pathology. About a recent case of cystic lymphangioma of the mesentery diagnosed and operated on at the university hospital of Liege in an adult patient, the authors review its classification and its therapeutic strategy. Surgical resection is indicated in symptomatic cystic lymphangioma. [less ▲]

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See detailDo clinical factors help to predict disease course in inflammatory bowel disease?
Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Reenaers, Catherine ULg

in World Journal of Gastroenterology (2010), 16(21), 2600-3

While therapeutic strategies able to change the natural history of the disease are developing, it is of major importance to have available predictive factors for aggressive disease to try and target these ... [more ▼]

While therapeutic strategies able to change the natural history of the disease are developing, it is of major importance to have available predictive factors for aggressive disease to try and target these therapeutic strategies. Clinical predictors have probably been the most broadly studied. In both Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), age at diagnosis, disease location and smoking habit are currently the strongest predictors of disease course. A younger age at onset is associated with more aggressive disease both in CD and UC. Disease location in CD is associated with different types of complications: surgery and recurrence in upper gastrointestinal and proximal small bowel disease; and surgery in distal small bowel disease and peri-anal lesions in rectal disease. In UC, extensive colitis is clearly been associated with more severe disease. Finally, active smoking globally increases disease severity in CD but decreases it in UC. Besides these important factors, others may predispose to some specific disease evolution and complications, and are also reviewed in the present paper. [less ▲]

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See detailShould patients under long-term anti-TNF therapies be followed for tuberculosis contamination?
Reenaers, Catherine ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg

in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (2010), 16(8), 1271-2

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See detailGénomique des maladies inflammatoires intestinales
Louis, Edouard ULg; Libioulle, Cécile ULg; Reenaers, Catherine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64

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See detailTraitement des carcinomes hépatocellulaires à un stade avancé
Van Daele, Daniel ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64(3), 140-147

Hepatocellular carcinoma is the main primitive tumor of the liver. It occurs in the setting of liver cirrhosis in more than 90% of the cases in developping countries. The prognosis depends on the size ... [more ▼]

Hepatocellular carcinoma is the main primitive tumor of the liver. It occurs in the setting of liver cirrhosis in more than 90% of the cases in developping countries. The prognosis depends on the size, number and extension of the tumor as well as on the severity of the underlying liver disease. The Barcelona Clinic Classification takes into account these different parameters and helps the clinician in the therapeutic decision. Some patients (around 25%) are amenable to therapy with a curative intent (liver transplantation, resection, destruction by radiofrequency). In patients with hepatocellular carcinoma at an intermediate stage, lipiodolized chemoembolization gives a survival advantage in comparison with placebo. No conventional regimen of chemotherapy has a proven survival benefit. In patients with a hepatocellular carcinoma at an advanced stage, sorafenib, an oral multi-targeted kinase inhibitor, is the first coumpound to demonstrate a significant effect on survival free of disease progression in a selected group of patients. Its toxicity profile is particularly favourable. Combination of surgical and medical therapies should be properly evaluated in clinical trials in the near future. [less ▲]

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See detailLaparoscopic management of colonoscopic perforations
Bouffioux, Laurent ULg; Coimbra Marques, Carla ULg; Lespagnard, A. C. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2009, January), 72(1), 70

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See detailAnti-TNF and Crohn's Disease: When Should We Stop?
Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Reenaers, Catherine ULg

in Current Drug Targets (2009), 11(2), 148-51

When to stop anti-TNF therapy in Crohn's disease (CD)? This is a very important question both for patients and physicians. There is no published evidence to clearly and definitely answer this question ... [more ▼]

When to stop anti-TNF therapy in Crohn's disease (CD)? This is a very important question both for patients and physicians. There is no published evidence to clearly and definitely answer this question. However data on natural history of CD, long term safety of biologics, outcome after immunosuppressors (IS) cessation and some preliminary studies on biologics cessation may help us to discuss this topic. One could argue that there is currently no good reason to stop anti-TNF therapy in a patient who is in stable remission and tolerate this drug very well. The decision to stop an anti-TNF treatment is thus currently based on a compromise between the benefits/risks and cost of such long term treatment. While it appears now clearly that prolonged anti-TNF therapy is associated with favourable outcome with sustained remission, reduced surgeries and hospitalisation as well as absence of significant increase in mortality or cancers, the cost-effectiveness which is probably favourable for short and mid-term treatment (up to one year), may be less optimal for very long term treatment. In this perspective however, prospective studies should be performed to adequately assess long term evolution, disease outcome, safety and global cost of strategies based on treatment reduction with IS maintenance alone or even full treatment cessation. [less ▲]

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See detailCommon variants in the NLRP3 region contribute to Crohn's disease susceptibility.
Villani, Alexandra-Chloé; Lemire, Mathieu; Fortin, Geneviève et al

in Nature Genetics (2009), 41(1), 71-6

We used a candidate gene approach to identify a set of SNPs, located in a predicted regulatory region on chromosome 1q44 downstream of NLRP3 (previously known as CIAS1 and NALP3) that are associated with ... [more ▼]

We used a candidate gene approach to identify a set of SNPs, located in a predicted regulatory region on chromosome 1q44 downstream of NLRP3 (previously known as CIAS1 and NALP3) that are associated with Crohn's disease. The associations were consistently replicated in four sample sets from individuals of European descent. In the combined analysis of all samples (710 father-mother-child trios, 239 cases and 107 controls), these SNPs were strongly associated with risk of Crohn's disease (P(combined) = 3.49 x 10(-9), odds ratio = 1.78, confidence interval = 1.47-2.16 for rs10733113), reaching a level consistent with the stringent significance thresholds imposed by whole-genome association studies. In addition, we observed significant associations between SNPs in the associated regions and NLRP3 expression and IL-1beta production. Mutations in NLRP3 are known to be responsible for three rare autoinflammatory disorders. These results suggest that the NLRP3 region is also implicated in the susceptibility of more common inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic variation in the familial Mediterranean fever gene (MEFV) and risk for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Villani, Alexandra-Chloé; Lemire, Mathieu; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2009), 4(9), 7154

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) gene (MEFV) encodes pyrin, a major regulator of the inflammasome platform controlling caspase-1 activation and IL-1beta processing. Pyrin has ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) gene (MEFV) encodes pyrin, a major regulator of the inflammasome platform controlling caspase-1 activation and IL-1beta processing. Pyrin has been shown to interact with the gene product of NLRP3, NALP3/cryopyrin, also an important active member of the inflammasome. The NLRP3 region was recently reported to be associated with Crohn's disease (CD) susceptibility. We therefore sought to evaluate MEFV as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) susceptibility gene. METHODOLOGY AND RESULTS: MEFV colonic mucosal gene expression was significantly increased in experimental colitis mice models (TNBS p<0.0003; DSS p<0.006), in biopsies from CD (p<0.02) and severe ulcerative colitis (UC) patients (p<0.008). Comprehensive genetic screening of the MEFV region in the Belgian exploratory sample set (440 CD trios, 137 UC trios, 239 CD cases, 96 UC cases, and 107 healthy controls) identified SNPs located in the MEFV 5' haplotype block that were significantly associated with UC (rs224217; p = 0.003; A allele frequency: 56% cases, 45% controls), while no CD associations were observed. Sequencing and subsequent genotyping of variants located in this associated haplotype block identified three synonymous variants (D102D/rs224225, G138G/rs224224, A165A/rs224223) and one non-synonymous variant (R202Q/rs224222) located in MEFV exon 2 that were significantly associated with UC (rs224222: p = 0.0005; A allele frequency: 32% in cases, 23% in controls). No consistent associations were observed in additional Canadian (256 CD trios, 91 UC trios) and Scottish (495 UC, 370 controls) sample sets. We note that rs224222 showed marginal association (p = 0.012; G allele frequency: 82% in cases, 70% in controls) in the Canadian sample, but with a different risk allele. None of the NLRP3 common variants were associated with UC in the Belgian-Canadian UC samples and no significant interactions were observed between NLRP3 and MEFV that could explain the observed flip-flop of the rs224222 risk allele. CONCLUSION: The differences in association levels observed between the sample sets may be a consequence of distinct founder effects or of the relative small sample size of the cohorts evaluated in this study. However, the results suggest that common variants in the MEFV region do not contribute to CD and UC susceptibility. [less ▲]

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See detailCommon variants at five new loci associated with early-onset inflammatory bowel disease.
Imielinski, Marcin; Baldassano, Robert N; Griffiths, Anne et al

in Nature Genetics (2009), 41(12), 1335-40

The inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are common causes of morbidity in children and young adults in the western world. Here we report the results of a genome-wide ... [more ▼]

The inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are common causes of morbidity in children and young adults in the western world. Here we report the results of a genome-wide association study in early-onset IBD involving 3,426 affected individuals and 11,963 genetically matched controls recruited through international collaborations in Europe and North America, thereby extending the results from a previous study of 1,011 individuals with early-onset IBD. We have identified five new regions associated with early-onset IBD susceptibility, including 16p11 near the cytokine gene IL27 (rs8049439, P = 2.41 x 10(-9)), 22q12 (rs2412973, P = 1.55 x 10(-9)), 10q22 (rs1250550, P = 5.63 x 10(-9)), 2q37 (rs4676410, P = 3.64 x 10(-8)) and 19q13.11 (rs10500264, P = 4.26 x 10(-10)). Our scan also detected associations at 23 of 32 loci previously implicated in adult-onset Crohn's disease and at 8 of 17 loci implicated in adult-onset ulcerative colitis, highlighting the close pathogenetic relationship between early- and adult-onset IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailLe depistage generalise du cancer colorectal: une absolue necessite et une realite imminente en Communaute francaise.
Polus, Marc ULg; Montrieux, Christian ULg; Giet, Didier ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64(2), 96-102

Colorectal cancer is a real problem of public health. Screening is an absolute necessity. An ambitious program of screening is launched in the French Community. Faecal occult blood test will be proposed ... [more ▼]

Colorectal cancer is a real problem of public health. Screening is an absolute necessity. An ambitious program of screening is launched in the French Community. Faecal occult blood test will be proposed to average risk patients in the general population. A total colonoscopy will be performed if FOBT is positive. First step colonoscopy will be proposed to high or very high risk patients. General practitioners are in the core of the multi-disciplinary program. [less ▲]

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