Cerebral infarction in Crohn's disease

Y. Bar Dayan, Y. Levi, Y. Shoenfeld

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Abstract

Thromboembolic complications in Crohn's disease are not rare. Most of them are disseminated vascular thrombosis or pulmonary emboli. Cerebral artery thrombosis is a rare complication of Crohn's disease. We describe a 27-year-old woman who had Crohn's disease for 8 years, with exacerbation 3 months before admission. She had bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, weakness, and anemia. Hemoglobin was 6.3 g/dl and she received 3 packed cell transfusions the day of admission. Her hemoglobin level rose to 13 g/dl. 2 days after admission she had generalized tonic-clonic convulsions, followed by hemiparesis. EEG and CT examinations showed right temporal lobe infarction. Many studies report a hypercoagulable state in Crohn's disease, which results in a thromboembolic tendency that is potentially fatal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-176, 224, 223
JournalHarefuah
Volume129
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

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