Cytapheresis re-induces high-rate steroid-free remission in patients with steroid-dependent and steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis
Masahiro Iizuka, Shiho Sagara, Akita Health Care Center, Akita Red Cross Hospital, Akita 010-0001, Japan
Masahiro Iizuka, Takeshi Etou, Department of Gastroenterology, Akita Red Cross Hospital, Akita 010-1495, Japan
Yosuke Shimodaira, Department of Gastroenterology and Neurology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita 010-8543, Japan
Takashi Hatakeyama, Department of Nephrology, Akita Red Cross Hospital, Akita 010-1495, Japan
Author contributions: Iizuka M contributed to this paper with conception and design and performance of the study, literature review and analysis, drafting and critical revision and editing, and final approval of the final version; Etou T contributed this paper with performance of the study, critical revision of the final version; Shimodaira Y contributed this paper with design of the study, critical revision and final approval of the final version; Hatakeyama T contributed this paper with supporting cytapheresis and critical revision of the final version; Sagara S contributed this paper with performance of the study, critical revision of the final version.
Institutional review board statement: This retrospective study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of Akita Red Cross Hospital (approval No: 195) and Akita University School of Medicine (approval No: 2419).
Informed consent statement: Written or oral informed consent was obtained from patients and/or parents of patients aged younger than 20 years.
Conflict-of-interest statement: We declare no conflict-of-interest associated with this manuscript.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Corresponding author: Masahiro Iizuka, MD, PhD, Director, Doctor, Akita Health Care Center, Akita Red Cross Hospital, 3-4-23 Nakadori, Akita 010-0001, Japan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: November 4, 2020
Peer-review started: November 4, 2020
First decision: January 23, 2021
Revised: February 11, 2021
Accepted: March 10, 2021
Article in press: March 10, 2021
Published online: March 28, 2021