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See detailTherapeutic Strategy and Patient Outcome during the First 2 Years of Pediatric Crohn’s Disease
Veereman, G; Mahachie John, Jestinah ULg; De Greef, E et al

in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (2013, May)

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See detailTherapeutic Strategy and Patient Outcome during the First 2 Years of Pediatric Crohn’s Disease
Veereman, G; Mahachie John, Jestinah ULg; De Greef, E et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2013)

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See detailProfile of pediatric Crohn's disease in Belgium.
De Greef, E.; Mahachie John, Jestinah ULg; Hoffman, I. et al

in Journal of Crohn's & colitis (2013), 7(11), 588-98

AIM: A Belgian registry for pediatric Crohn's disease, BELCRO, was created. This first report aims at describing disease presentation and phenotype and determining associations between variables at ... [more ▼]

AIM: A Belgian registry for pediatric Crohn's disease, BELCRO, was created. This first report aims at describing disease presentation and phenotype and determining associations between variables at diagnosis and registration in the database. METHODS: Through a collaborative network, children with previously established Crohn's disease and newly diagnosed children and adolescents (under 18 y of age) were recruited over a 2 year period. Data were collected by 23 centers and entered in a database. Statistical association tests analyzed relationships between variables of interest at diagnosis. RESULTS: Two hundred fifty-five patients were included. Median age at diagnosis was 12.5 y (range: 1.6-18 y); median duration of symptoms prior to diagnosis was 3 m (range: 1-12 m). Neonatal history and previous medical history did not influence disease onset nor disease behavior. Fifty three % of these patients presented with a BMI z-score < -1. CRP was an independent predictor of disease severity. Steroids were widely used as initial treatment in moderate to severe and extensive disease. Over time, immunomodulators and biological were prescribed more frequently, reflecting a lower prescription rate for steroids and 5-ASA. A positive family history was the sole significant determinant for earlier use of immunosuppression. CONCLUSION: In Belgium, the median age of children presenting with Crohn's disease is 12.5 y. Faltering growth, extensive disease and upper GI involvement are frequent. CRP is an independent predictive factor of disease activity. A positive family history appears to be the main determinant for initial treatment choice. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors determining therapeutic strategy at diagnosis and evolution of disease severity in a cohort of Belgian pediatric Crohn's disease patients (BELCRO)
De Greef, E; Mahachie John, Jestinah; Hoffman, I et al

in Gastroenterology (2012)

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See detailHepatocyte transplantation using the domino concept in a child with Tetrabiopterin non-responsive phenylketonuria.
Stephenne, X.; DEBRAY, François-Guillaume ULg; Smets, F. et al

in Cell Transplantation (2012), 21(12), 2765-70

Phenylketonuria is a metabolic disease caused by phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency. Treatment is based on a strict natural protein-restricted diet that is associated with the risk of malnutrition and ... [more ▼]

Phenylketonuria is a metabolic disease caused by phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency. Treatment is based on a strict natural protein-restricted diet that is associated with the risk of malnutrition and severe psychosocial burden. Oral administration of tetrahydrobiopterin can increase residual enzyme activity, but most patients with severe clinical phenotypes are non-responders. We performed liver cell transplantation in 6 years-old boy with severe tetrahydrobiopterin non-responsive phenylketonuria, who failed to comply with diet prescriptions. The transplanted hepatocytes were obtained in part from an explanted glycogen storage type 1b liver. Following two infusions, blood phenylalanine levels returned within the therapeutic target while the phenylalanine half-life assessed by loading tests decreased from 43 h to 19 h. However, three months later, blood phenylalanine concentrations increased and the phenylalanine intake had to be reduced. Cell based therapy is a promising therapeutic option in phenylketonuria and the domino concept may solve the issue of cell sources for hepatocyte transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors determining therapeutic strategy at diagnosis and evolution of disease severity in a cohort of Belgian pediatric Crohn’s disease patients (BELCRO)
De Greef, E; Mahachie John, Jestinah; Hoffman, I et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012)

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See detailSafety And Cost Of Infliximab For The Treatment Of Belgian Pediatric Patients With Crohn’s Disease
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; D'haens, G et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (2012)

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See detailSafety and cost of infliximab for the treatment of Belgian pediatric patients with Crohn's disease.
De Greef, E.; Hoffman, I.; D'Haens, G. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012), 75(4), 425-31

Biologicals have become an important component in the treatment of Crohn's disease in children. Their increased and long term use raises safety concerns. We describe safety and cost of infliximab in ... [more ▼]

Biologicals have become an important component in the treatment of Crohn's disease in children. Their increased and long term use raises safety concerns. We describe safety and cost of infliximab in Belgian pediatric Crohn's disease patients. All patients on infliximab as part of the present or past treatment for Crohn's Disease until January 1st 2011 were selected from an existing database. Information on disease phenotype, medication and adverse events were extracted. Adverse events occurred in 25.9% of patients exposed to infliximab of which 29.6% were severe. In total 31.7% of patients stopped infliximab therapy. The main reasons for discontinuation were adverse events in 45.4% and loss of response in 30.3%. No malignancies or lethal complications occurred over this 241 patient year observation period. Immunomodulators were concomitant medication in 75% of patients and were discontinued subsequently in 38.4% of them. The cost of infliximab infusions per treated patient per year in the Belgian health care setting is approximately 9 474 euro, including only medication and hospital related costs. Even though infliximab is relatively safe in pediatric CD on the short term, close follow-up and an increased awareness of the possible adverse reactions is highly recommended. Adverse reactions appeared in 25.9% of all patients and were the main reason for discontinuation. Treatment cost has to be balanced against efficacy and modifications in disease course. In the Belgian health care system, the medication is available to all patients with moderate to severe CD. [less ▲]

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See detailProfile of Belgian Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patients: Associations between variables at diagnosis
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; Smets, F et al

in Gastroenterology (2011), 140(5), 787

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See detailProfile of Belgian Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patients: Associations between variables at diagnosis
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; Smets, F et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74

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See detailProfile of Belgian Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patients: Associations between variables at diagnosis
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; Smets, F et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis [=JCC] (2011), 5(1), 156

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See detailProfile of Belgian Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patients: Presentation and diagnostic features
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; Smets, F et al

in Gastroenterology (2011), 140(5), 786

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See detailProfile of Belgian Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patients: Presentation and diagnostic features
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; Smets, F et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74

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See detailProfile of Belgian Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patients: Presentation and diagnostic features
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; Smets, F et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis [=JCC] (2011), 5(1), 155

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See detailRecombinant gp350 vaccine for infectious mononucleosis: A phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of an Epstein-Barr virus vaccine in healthy young adults
Sokal, E. M.; Hoppenbrouwers, K.; Vandermeulen, C. et al

in Journal of Infectious Diseases (2007), 196(12), 1749-1753

Background. To date, there is no commercially available vaccine to prevent infectious mononucleosis, a disease frequently induced by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in adolescents or adults devoid of ... [more ▼]

Background. To date, there is no commercially available vaccine to prevent infectious mononucleosis, a disease frequently induced by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in adolescents or adults devoid of preexisting immunity to the virus. Methods. A total of 181 EBV-seronegative, healthy, young adult volunteers were randomized in a double-blind fashion to receive either placebo or a recombinant EBV subunit glycoprotein 350 (gp350)/aluminum hydroxide and 3-O-desacyl-4'-monophosphoryl lipid A (AS04) candidate vaccine in a 3-dose regimen. Results. The vaccine had demonstrable efficacy (mean efficacy rate, 78.0% [95% confidence interval {CI}, 1.0% -96.0%]) in preventing the development of infectious mononucleosis induced by EBV infection, but it had no efficacy in preventing asymptomatic EBV infection. One month after receipt of the final dose of gp350 vaccine, 98.7% of subjects showed seroconversion to anti-gp350 antibodies (95% CI, 85.5%-97.9%), and they remained anti-gp350 antibody positive for > 18 months. Furthermore, there were no concerns regarding the safety or reactogenicity of the gp350/AS04 vaccine. Conclusion. These data support the clinical feasibility of using an EBV vaccine to prevent infectious mononucleosis. [less ▲]

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See detailPhase I/II studies to evaluate safety and immunogenicity of a recombinant gp350 Epstein-Barr virus vaccine in healthy adults
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Leonard, Philippe ULg; Sokal, E. M. et al

in Vaccine (2007), 25(24), 4697-4705

Two double-blind randomised controlled studies (phase I and I/II) were performed to assess for the first time the safety and immunogenicity of a recombinant subunit gp350 Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) vaccine ... [more ▼]

Two double-blind randomised controlled studies (phase I and I/II) were performed to assess for the first time the safety and immunogenicity of a recombinant subunit gp350 Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) vaccine in 148 healthy adult volunteers. All candidate vaccine formulations had a good safety profile and were well tolerated, with the incidence of solicited and unsolicited symptoms within a clinically acceptable range. One serious adverse event was reported in the phase I trial which was considered to be of suspected relationship to vaccination. The gp350 vaccine formulations were immunogenic and induced gp350-specific antibody responses (including neutralising antibodies). (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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