Korean J Gastrointest Endosc > Volume 42(6); 2011 > Article
Korean Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2011;42(6): 401-405.
A Case of Gastrointestinal Amyloidosis as a Complication of Crohn’s Disease
Kee Tae Park, M.D., Dae Hwan Kang, M.D., Cheol Woong Choi, M.D., Su Bum Park, M.D., Jae Hyung Lee, M.D., Bong Gap Kim, M.D., Suk Hun Kim, M.D. and Hyung Wook Kim, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine and Medical Research Institute, Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea
Amyloidosis is a disorder resulting from extracellular deposition of insoluble fibrils and causes dysfunction in many organs. Secondary amyloidosis, caused by chronic infectious and inflammatory disease, may involve the kidneys, liver, bone marrow and gastrointestinal tract. Involvement of the gastrointestinal tract is common and presents various symptoms according to location. Amyloidosis as a complication of Crohn’s disease is a rare but serious complication that may worsen the prognosis. We report a case of gastrointestinal amyloidosis in a 59-year-old male patient with Crohn’s disease that was diagnosed with an endoscopic forceps biopsy of the stomach, terminal ileum and colon.
Key Words: Amyloidosis, Crohn’s disease
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