Background/Purpose: Restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) is the standard surgical treatment for ulcerative colitis (UC). The purpose of the current study was to determine the outcome of very young patients (≤10 years of age) with UC undergoing IPAA. Methods: Between 1978 and 2002, 13 patients 10 years of age or younger underwent IPAA for management of UC at the authors' institution. Charts were reviewed for patient characteristics, and a standardized telephone interview was performed. Results: Average age at diagnosis was 4.0 years (range, 1.0 to 8.4 years), and patients underwent IPAA at a mean of 6.8 years (range, 3.7 to 10.8 years). Pancolitis was present in 100%. The mean follow-up was 9.1 years (1.0 to 16.1 years), the average number of stools per day was 5 (3 to 8). All patients are continent while awake, Pouchitis was documented in 9 patients (75%). All patients or their parents rated the outcome of their procedures as "excellent." Conclusions: When compared with older children, very young patients with UC tend to have more frequent total colonic involvement and a greater frequency of pouchitis after IPAA. The functional outcome and patient/family satisfaction with the procedure endorse IPAA as an attractive procedure even in the very young population with UC.
- Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis colectomy
- Pouchitis, ileal pouch