Publications by authors named "Alam Lakhani"

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Cross-Sectional Analysis of Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in British Columbia, Canada.

J Pediatr 2021 Jul 19. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, British Columbia Children's Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Children Hospital Research Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Electronic address:

Objectives: To evaluate quality of life (QoL) in a large cohort of pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and to identify the clinical factors that influence QoL.

Study Design: This cross-sectional study analyzes a quality improvement initiative in 351 pediatric patients with IBD in British Columbia, Canada using the self-reported Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) 4.0 generic scale. The questionnaire was completed at outpatient clinic and biologic infusion appointments. Statistical analysis included the t test, ANOVA, and multilinear regressions to evaluate the relationships between clinical factors and QoL.

Results: Mean (SE) QoL scores (79.95 [0.84]) fell between previously described healthy and chronically ill populations. Disease activity was the most significant predictor of QoL, with patients in remission scoring similar (84.42 [0.87]) to well established healthy norms, and those with moderately or severely active disease having some of the lowest published PedsQL scores (63.13 [3.27]), lower than most other chronic pediatric conditions. Twenty-five patients with moderately or severely active disease at the time of survey completion had follow-up surveys identified 1 year later and had a significant improvement of both their disease activity (P < .005) and their PedsQL scores (follow-up survey mean 76.13 [3.11]). Additional clinical factors independently associated with poor QoL were school nonattendance (15.5% decrease in QoL, P < .001), immune-modulator selection (methotrexate conferring a 9.5% lower mean QoL score than azathioprine, P = .005), and female gender (P = .031).

Conclusion: Pediatric patients with IBD experience a QoL significantly impacted by multiple clinical factors including current severity of IBD symptoms.
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July 2021

Capsule Endoscopy Complements Magnetic Resonance Enterography and Endoscopy in Evaluating Small Bowel Crohn's Disease.

J Can Assoc Gastroenterol 2020 Dec 28;3(6):279-287. Epub 2019 Sep 28.

Department of Paediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, British Columbia Children's Hospital and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Aims: Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) and magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) are increasingly utilized to evaluate the small bowel (SB) in Crohn's disease (CD). The primary aims were to compare the ability of WCE and MRE to detect SB inflammation in children with newly diagnosed CD, and in the terminal ileum (TI) to compare them to ileo-colonoscopy. Secondary aims were to compare diagnostic accuracy of WCE and MRE and changes in Paris classification after each study.

Methods: Patients (10 to 17 years of age) requiring ileo-colonoscopy for suspected CD were invited to participate. Only patients with endoscopic/histologic evidence of CD underwent MRE and WCE. SB inflammation and extent were documented and comparative analyses performed.

Results: Of 38 initially recruited subjects, 20 completed the study. WCE and MRE were similarly sensitive in identifying active TI inflammation (16 [80%] versus 12 [60%]) and any SB inflammation (17 [85%] versus 16 [80%]). However, WCE detected more extensive SB disease than MRE with active inflammation throughout the SB in 15 [75%] versus 1 [5%] patient ( < 0.001). Moreover, WCE was more likely to detect proximal SB disease (jejunum and ileum) compared to MRE (85% versus 50%, = 0.04). Overall, the Paris classification changed in 65% and 85% of patients following MRE and WCE, respectively.

Conclusions: WCE is as sensitive as MRE for identifying active TI inflammation, but appears more sensitive in identifying more proximal SB inflammation. In the absence of concern regarding stricturing or extra-luminal disease WCE can be considered for the evaluation of suspected SB CD.
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December 2020

Early Intravenous Infusion of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Exerts a Tissue Source Age-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Neurovascular Integrity and Neurobehavioral Recovery After Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury.

Stem Cells Transl Med 2019 07 26;8(7):639-649. Epub 2019 Mar 26.

Division of Genetics and Development, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Localized vascular disruption after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) triggers a cascade of secondary events, including inflammation, gliosis, and scarring, that can further impact recovery. In addition to immunomodulatory and neurotrophic properties, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) possess pericytic characteristics. These features make MSCs an ideal candidate for acute cell therapy targeting vascular disruption, which could reduce the severity of secondary injury, enhance tissue preservation and repair, and ultimately promote functional recovery. A moderately severe cervical clip compression/contusion injury was induced at C7-T1 in adult female rats, followed by an intravenous tail vein infusion 1 hour post-SCI of (a) term-birth human umbilical cord perivascular cells (HUCPVCs); (b) first-trimester human umbilical cord perivascular cells (FTM HUCPVCs); (c) adult bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells; or (d) vehicle control. Weekly behavioral testing was performed. Rats were sacrificed at 24 hours or 10 weeks post-SCI and immunohistochemistry and ultrasound imaging were performed. Both term and FTM HUCPVC-infused rats displayed improved (p < .05) grip strength compared with vehicle controls. However, only FTM HUCPVC-infusion led to significant weight gain. All cell infusion treatments resulted in reduced glial scarring (p < .05). Cell infusion also led to increased axonal, myelin, and vascular densities (p < .05). Although post-traumatic cavity volume was reduced with cell infusion, this did not reach significance. Taken together, we demonstrate selective long-term functional recovery alongside histological improvements with HUCPVC infusion in a clinically relevant model of cervical SCI. Our findings highlight the potential of these cells for acute therapeutic intervention after SCI.
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July 2019

Consecutive fecal calprotectin measurements for predicting relapse in pediatric Crohn's disease patients.

World J Gastroenterol 2019 Mar;25(10):1266-1277

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4, Canada.

Background: Asymptomatic children with Crohn's disease (CD) require ongoing monitoring to ensure early recognition of a disease exacerbation.

Aim: In a cohort of pediatric CD patients, we aimed to assess the utility of serial fecal calprotectin measurements to detect intestinal inflammatory activity and predict disease relapse.

Methods: In this prospective longitudinal cohort study, children with CD on infliximab therapy in clinical remission were included. Fecal calprotectin levels were assessed at baseline and at subsequent 2-5 visits. Clinical and biochemical disease activity were assessed using the Pediatric Crohn's Disease Activity Index, C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate at baseline and at visits over the following 18 mo.

Results: 53 children were included and eighteen patients (34%) had a clinical disease relapse during the study. Baseline fecal calprotectin levels were higher in patients that developed symptomatic relapse [median (interquartile range), relapse 723 μg/g (283-1758) 244 μg/g (61-627), = 0.02]. Fecal calprotectin levels > 250 μg/g demonstrated good predictive accuracy of a clinical flare within 3 mo (area under the receiver operator curve was 0.86, 95% confidence limits 0.781 to 0.937).

Conclusion: Routine fecal calprotectin testing in children with CD in clinical remission is useful to predict relapse. Levels > 250 μg/g are a good predictor of relapse in the following 3 mo. This information is important to guide monitoring standards used in this population.
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March 2019