Serial episodes of gastric and cecal perforation in a patient with Behcet's disease involving the whole gastrointestinal tract: a case report

Dong Yeob Shin, Jae Hee Cheon, Jae Jun Park, Hoguen Kim, Tae Il Kim, Yong Chan Lee, Nam Kyu Kim, Won Ho Kim

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Behcet's disease (BD) has been recognized as multi-systemic chronic vasculitic disorder of recurrent inflammation, characterized by the involvement of multiple organs and resulting in orogenital ulcers, uveitis, and skin lesions. Involvement of the central nervous system, vessels, and intestines in BD often leads to a poor prognosis. Digestive manifestations in BD have been reported in up to 1-60% of cases, although the rate varies in different countries. The most frequent extra-oral sites of gastrointestinal involvement are the ileocecal region and the colon. Gastric or esophageal involvement is reported to be very rare. Moreover, there have been no reports on the simultaneous involvement of the esophagus, stomach, ileum, and colon. Here, we present a 55-year-old Korean man with intestinal BD and multiple ileal and colonic ulcerations complicated by perforation, gastric ulcer with bleeding followed by perforation, and esophageal ulcers with bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-110
Number of pages5
JournalThe Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Feb


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