A Validated Score Assessing the Risk of an Intra-Abdominal Abscess in Patients with Crohn's Disease Presenting at the Emergency Department

Tawfik Khoury, Saleh Daher, Muhammad Massarwa, David Hakimian, Ariel A. Benson, Elez Viener, Raymond Farah, Amir Mari, Wadi Hazou, Anas Kadah, Wisam Sbeit, Mahmud Mahamid, Eran Israeli

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Background and Aims: A majority of acutely ill Crohn's disease [CD] patients who present to Emergency Department [ED] will undergo an abdominal CT to rule out disease complications. We aimed to generate a simple non-invasive scoring model to predict the presence of an intra-abdominal abscess in CD patients in the ED. Methods: We performed a retrospective case-control study at four Israeli hospitals from January 1, 2010 to May 30, 2018. Inclusion criteria included patients with an established diagnosis of CD that had cross-sectional abdominal imaging performed. A total of 322 patients were included, and 81 [25%] were diagnosed with an intra-abdominal abscess. Results: In univariate analysis, ileo-colonic location (odds ratio [OR] 1.88, p = 0.0148), perianal CD [OR 7.01, p = 0.0004], fever [OR 1.88, p = 0.0247], neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio [OR 1.12, p < 0.0001], and C-reactive protein [OR 1.10, p < 0.0001] were significantly associated with abscess formation, whereas current use of corticosteroids was negatively associated with abscess formation [OR 0.46, 95% CI, 0.2-0.88, p = 0.0192]. We developed a diagnostic score that included five parameters that were significant on multivariate regression analysis, with assignment of weights for each variable according to the coefficient estimate. A low cut-off score of ≤7 was associated with a negative predictive value [NPV] of 93% for abscess formation, whereas a high cut-off score of >9 was associated with a positive predictive value of 65%. We validated this score with an independent cohort [area under the curve of 0.881 and NPV of 98.5%]. Conclusion: We recommend incorporating this score as an aid for stratifying acutely ill CD patients in the ED with low or high probability of the presence of an intra-abdominal abscess.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1131-1137
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Crohn's and Colitis
Issue number9
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2019

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  • Crohn's
  • abscess
  • predictive model


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