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Colon Ischemia Associated with Buerger's Disease: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Kyeong Soo Lee*, Chang Nyol Paik*, Woo Chul Chung*, Kang Moon Lee*, Sung Hoon Jung*, Jae Wuk Kawk*, Ji Han JungΆΣ, and Jun Hyun BaikΆΤ
Departments of *Internal Medicine, ΆΣPathology, and ΆΤRadiology, St. Vincent's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Buerger's disease, or thromboangiitis obliterans, is a nonatherosclerotic inflammatory disease affecting the small- and medium-sized arteries and veins of the extremities (arms, hands, legs, and feet). It is most common in the Orient, Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East, and usually affects men aged between 20 and 40 years, although it is becoming more common in women. It is well established that most such patients smoke heavily and experience an improvement in symptoms following smoking cessation. Mesenteric involvement in Buerger's disease is extremely rare; however, we describe herein two cases of colon ischemia in patients who were previously diagnosed with lower-extremity Buerger's disease. In one case, the patient developed colonic obstruction, and surgical resection was performed. Histopathologic findings were compatible with the chronic stage of Buerger's disease. In the other case, angiography revealed abrupt occlusion of the inferior mesenteric artery with numerous collateral vessels, just like the corkscrew appearance found in the extremities. If patients with established Buerger's disease of the extremities complain of gastrointestinal symptoms, early interventional diagnosis should be performed to prevent intestinal obstruction and gangrene. (Gut Liver 2010;4:287-291)
Thromboangiitis obliterans; Mesenteric involvement; Colon ischemia
Gut and Liver 2010 Jun; 4(02): 287-291
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