Small bowel (small intestine)
Ileal pouch / pouchitis
Reviewer: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 15 December 2012, last major update August 2012
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● Pouch is formed from connecting loops of terminal ileum for patients requiring total colectomy; used to create continence in an ileostomy or to preserve anal sphincter function
● Pouches are contraindicated in Crohn’s disease, because they are associated with fistulas and abscess
● Complications: fistula, obstruction, incontinence, leaks, pouchitis
● Incidence 8% to 46%
● Some cases are due to initially undiagnosed Crohn’s disease
● Nausea, vomiting, malaise, fever, cramping
● Increased ileal stool that is bloody, watery, foul smelling
● Often with altered bacteria
● Antibiotics, pouch excision
● Decreased epithelial cell mucin, few/no lymphoid follicles
● Ulcers with granulation tissue, cryptitis, crypt abscesses and patchy neutrophils
● Rarely dysplasia
● CD10 staining confirms biopsy site - terminal ileum (CD10+) versus colon (CD10-), although negative staining also occurs in active enteritis (Mod Pathol 2011;24:1627)
CMV pouchitis: biopsy of post-colectomy pouch in 38 year old man with ulcerative colitis (courtesy of Dr. Hanni Gulwani)
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