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Vol 21, No 2 (2015)
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Buerger’s disease-like arteritis associated with Crohn’s disease. A case of ‘vas-colitis’?

Wojciech Myslinski, Wojciech Barud, Marcin Feldo, Marek Chrapko, Beata Chrapko, Jerzy Mosiewicz, Radoslaw Pietura, Pawel Piekarski, Andrzej Dybala, Tomasz Zubilewicz
DOI: 10.5603/AA.2015.0010
Acta Angiologica 2015;21(2):53-56.

Abstract

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are classified as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) [1]. Crohn’s disease is characterized by the involvement of the intestinal wall, which leads to the formation of ulcers, fistulas and strictures of the intestine. The disease is more frequently found among Caucasians. Parenteral manifestations are possible in the course of IBD, including osteoarticular and ocular manifestations, affecting the skin or the blood vessels. Only a few cases of the coexistence of Takayasu’s disease and IBD have been reported so far [2–5]. Takayasu’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the large-diameter vessels, which was described for the first time nearly two hundred years ago [6]. The incidence of Takayasu’s disease in the U.S. is estimated at about 2.6 cases per million. This condition, in contrast to IBD, is most common among young women of the Asian origin [7]. In this paper we discuss the case of the co-existence of Crohn’s disease and vasculitis, with symptoms and some angiographic features similar to Buerger’s disease, that was classified as vasculitis associated with systemic disease. So far, the available literature lacks descriptions of similar cases of Crohn’s disease associated with vasculitis mimicking Buerger’s disease.