Are pANCA, ASCA, or Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms Associated with Pouchitis? Long-term Follow-up in 102 Ulcerative Colitis Patients
Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic
Perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies and anti-saccharomyces cerevesiae antibodies are not correlated with pouchitis, but interleukin-1 receptor antagonist and TNF may play a role in its development. Further evaluation of these markers in pouchitis will require larger populations, long-term prospective observation, and studies that correlate polymorphisms with specific immunologic functions.