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Pregnancy outcome in patients with inflammatory bowel disease treated with thiopurines: cohort from the CESAME Study
  1. Jessica Coelho1,
  2. Laurent Beaugerie2,
  3. Jean Frédéric Colombel3,
  4. Xavier Hébuterne4,
  5. Eric Lerebours5,
  6. Marc Lémann6,
  7. Philippe Baumer2,
  8. Jacques Cosnes2,
  9. Arnaud Bourreille7,
  10. Jean Pierre Gendre2,
  11. Philippe Seksik2,
  12. Antoine Blain2,
  13. Etienne H Metman8,
  14. Andrée Nisard1,
  15. Guillaume Cadiot9,
  16. Michel Veyrac10,
  17. Benoît Coffin11,
  18. Xavier Dray1,
  19. Fabrice Carrat12,
  20. Philippe Marteau1,
  21. for the CESAME pregnancy study group (France)
  1. 1AP-HP, Lariboisière Hospital, Department of Digestive Diseases and Denis Diderot, Paris 7 University, Paris, France
  2. 2AP-HP, Saint-Antoine Hospital, Department of Gastroenterology and UPMC Paris 6 University, Paris, France
  3. 3Department of Hepatogastroenterology, CHU Lille, Lille, France
  4. 4Department of Gastroenterology, CHU Nice and University Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France
  5. 5Department of Hepatogastroenterology, Charles Nicolle Hospital, Rouen, France
  6. 6AP-HP, Saint-Louis Hospital, Gastroenterology and Denis Diderot, Paris 7 University, Paris, France
  7. 7Department of Gastroenterology, Hôtel Dieu, Nantes, France
  8. 8Department of Gastroenterology, Trousseau Hospital, Tours, France
  9. 9Department of Gastroenterology, Robert Debré Hospital, CHU, Reims, France
  10. 10Department of Gastroenterology, Saint-Eloi Hospital, Montpellier, France
  11. 11AP-HP, Department of Gastroenterology, Louis Mourier Hospital, Colombes and Denis Diderot, Paris University, France
  12. 12AP-HP, Unit of Public Health, Saint-Antoine Hospital, INSERM UMR-S 707 and UMR-S 707 UPMC Paris 6 University, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to Philippe Marteau, Department of Digestive Diseases, Lariboisière Hospital, 2 rue Ambroise Paré, 75010 Paris, France; philippe.marteau{at}


Background and aims Few studies have been conducted addressing the safety of thiopurine treatment in pregnant women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the pregnancy outcome of women with IBD who have been exposed to thiopurines.

Methods 215 pregnancies in 204 women were registered and documented in the CESAME cohort between May 2004 and October 2007. Physicians documented the following information from the women: last menstrual date, delivery term, details of pregnancy outcome, prematurity, birth weight and height, congenital abnormalities, medication history during each trimester, smoking history and alcohol ingestion. Data were compared between three groups: women exposed to thiopurines (group A), women receiving a drug other than thiopurines (group B) and women not receiving any medication (group C).

Results Mean age at pregnancy was 28.3 years. 75.7% of the women had Crohn's disease and 21.8% had ulcerative colitis, with a mean disease duration of 6.8 years at inclusion. Of the 215 pregnancies, there were 138 births (142 newborns), and the mean birth weight was 3135 g. There were 86 pregnancies in group A, 84 in group B and 45 in group C. Interrupted pregnancies occurred in 36% of patients enrolled in group A, 33% of patients enrolled in group B, and 40% of patients enrolled in group C; congenital abnormalities arose in 3.6% of group A cases and 7.1% of group B cases. No significant differences were found between the three groups in overall pregnancy outcome.

Conclusions The results obtained from this cohort indicate that thiopurine use during pregnancy is not associated with increased risks, including congenital abnormalities.

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • pregnancy
  • thiopurines
  • Crohn's disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • immunotherapy
  • ulcerative colitis

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  • Clinicians who participated in the study and reported pregnancies (members of the CESAME pregnancy study group): J F Colombel, L Beaugerie, P Marteau, X Hébuterne, E Lerebours, P Baumer, J Cosnes, M Lemann, A Bourreille, J P Gendre, P Seksik, A Blain, E H Metman, A Nisard, G Cadiot, M Veyrac, B Coffin, C Boehm, M Brun, A Cortot, R Fournier, J L Gerbal, M Kaassis, B Le Gall, B Mesnard, C Michiels, S Nahon, X Roblin, L Roget, S Schneider, A M Weiss, C Wittersheim, V Abitbol, P Afchain, D Barbereau, J Bellanger, P Benfredj, A Blanquart, M Blazquez, F Boiffin, P Bord, Y Bouhnik, A Charachon, D Chaslin-Ferbus, E Cuillerier, B David, Y Emery, O Empinet, P Estable, I Etienney, O Fourdan, D Goldfain, H Grimpel, P Houcke, F Jean, R Jian, G Hecquet, I Joly-Le-Floch, B Jost, M Lagneau, P Lamy, P Lebourgeois, O Leroy, N Mallier-Gehrke, P Mamou, D Martin, J F Mockly, X Moreau, B Pornin, P Rey, P Rogier, J Sanchez, J Seroka, J Silvie, D Sondag, R Tenenbaum.

  • Funding Supported by grants from the Programme Hospitalier de Recherche Clinique National (PHRC) (AOM05157), Association François Aupetit (AFA), Délégation Inter-régionale de la Recherche clinique Ile de France-Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Ligue contre le Cancer and Fonds de Recherche de la Société Nationale Française de Gastroentérologie (SNFGE).

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Institutional Review Boards of the French National Society of Gastroenterology (SNFGE), Association François Aupetit (AFA—the largest nationwide French IBD patient association) and Groupe d'Etude Thérapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires du Tube Digestif (GETAID).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.