Specific members of the predominant gut microbiota predict pouchitis following colectomy and IPAA in UC. Machiels K, Sabino J, Vandermosten L, Joossens M, Arijs I, de Bruyn M, Eeckhaut V, Van Assche G, Ferrante M, Verhaegen J, Van Steen K, Van Immerseel F, Huys G, Verbeke K, Wolthuis A, de Buck Van Overstraeten A, D'Hoore A, Rutgeerts P, Vermeire S. Gut. 2015 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]


OBJECTIVE: Pouchitis is the most common complication after colectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) for UC and the risk is the highest within the 1st year after surgery. The pathogenesis is not completely understood but clinical response to antibiotics suggests a role for gut microbiota.

We hypothesised that the risk for pouchitis can be predicted based on the faecal microbial composition before colectomy. DESIGN: Faecal samples from 21 patients with UC undergoing IPAA were prospectively collected before colectomy and at predefined clinical visits at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after IPAA. The predominant microbiota was analysed using community profiling with denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis followed by quantitative real-time PCR validation. RESULTS: Cluster analysis before colectomy distinguished patients with pouchitis from those with normal pouch during the 1st year of follow-up. In patients developing pouchitis, an increase of Ruminococcus gnavus (p<0.001), Bacteroides vulgatus (p=0.043), Clostridium perfringens (p=0.011) and a reduction of two Lachnospiraceae genera (Blautia (p=0.04), Roseburia (p=0.008)) was observed. A score combining these five bacterial risk factors was calculated and presence of at least two risk factors showed a sensitivity and specificity of 100% and 63.6%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Presence of R. gnavus, B. vulgatus and C. perfringens and absence of Blautia and Roseburia in faecal samples of patients with UC before surgery is associated with a higher risk of pouchitis after IPAA. Our findings suggest new predictive and therapeutic strategies in patients undergoing colectomy with IPAA.


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