Colon (tumor & nontumor)
Other nonneoplastic

Topic Completed: 1 November 2013

Revised: 9 January 2019, last major update November 2013

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PubMed Search: vasculitis colon

Related Topic: Intramural phlebitis (enterocolic lymphocytic phlebitis)

Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
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Cite this page: Gonzalez R. Vasculitis. website. Accessed August 3rd, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Depends on particular vasculitis
  • Colon can be affected as well as remainder of gastrointestinal tract
Clinical features
  • Colonic manifestations may range from clinically silent to causing intestinal ischemia
  • Small vessel vasculitis may be observed on biopsy, medium vessel vasculitis on resection
Clinical images

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Marked narrowing of sigmoid colon

Circumferential sigmoidal ulceration

Inflammation, submucosal hemorrhage, and small ulceration

Hyperemic, edematous colonic mucosa

Radiology images

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Occlusion of inferior mesenteric artery

Small intestinal edema

Microscopic (histologic) images

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Buerger's disease causing vasculitis with a recanalized thrombus

Henoch-Schönlein purpura with preserved villous architecture

Henoch-Schönlein purpura
causing acute small intestinal
inflammation with karyorrhectic debris

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