Bram Verstockt

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The study of the genetic underpinnings of inflammatory bowel disease has made great progress since the identification of NOD2 as a major susceptibility gene. Novel genotyping and sequencing technologies have led to the discovery of 242 common susceptibility loci, 45 of which have been fine-mapped to statistically conclusive causal variants; 50 genes(More)
INTRODUCTION As many inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients do not benefit from long-term anti-tumour necrosis factor treatment, new anti-inflammatories are urgently needed. After the discovery of the interleukin (IL) 23/17 axis being pivotal in IBD pathogenesis, many different compounds were developed, targeting different components within this pathway.(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyse the link between antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) levels and risk of relapse in patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), as the clinical benefit of monitoring ANCA levels is uncertain. METHODS A retrospective analysis was made of all charts available from 43 patients diagnosed with GPA, fulfilling The American(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Self-expandable metal stents are used increasingly in the treatment of obstructing colorectal cancer (CRC). Although endoscopic colon stenting is widely accepted in palliation, disagreement exists about its role in a curative setting. This study aims to describe long-term survival data in a large patient group treated with colon stenting(More)
INTRODUCTION Many different compounds targeting the interleukin 23/17 axis have been developed and successfully studied in several autoimmune diseases, including inflammatory bowel diseases. Nevertheless, interfering with key immunological pathways raises potential safety concerns. This review focuses on the safety profile of these novel biological(More)
Fibrostenotic strictures are an important complication in patients with Crohn's disease (CD), very often necessitating surgery. This fibrotic process develops in a genetically susceptible individual and is influenced by an interplay with environmental, immunological, and disease-related factors. A deeper understanding of the genetic factors driving this(More)