Purpose: Very early-onset inflammatory bowel disease (VEO-IBD) presents in children less than 6 years of age. These patients have more extensive, progressive and medically refractory disease making it phenotypically distinct from older-onset pediatric and adult IBD.

The incidence of pediatric IBD is increasing rapidly but there is no specific data for the US population. Given the paucity of information, our objective was to determine the prevalence of VEO-IBD within the ImproveCareNow (ICN) Network registry, which accounts for more than 50% of all pediatric IBD patients in the US.

Primary Outcome: Our primary outcomes are frequency of clinical remission in the VEO-IBD population and time to clinical remission. Clinical remission will be defined by normal physician global assessment (PGA), PCDAI, PUCAI, ESR or CRP.

Secondary Outcome: Our secondary outcomes will be frequency of and time to surgery (specifically, colectomy or creation of ileostomy or colostomy) and frequency of sustained corticosteroid free remission, one of the major outcomes tracked by the ImproveCareNow Network.

Study Period: June 2020-July 2021

Recruitment Status: This study makes use of existing data in the ICN registry. No patient recruitment at this time.

Contact: ImproveCareNow Research 

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