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Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is the rubric given to ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The aetiology of inflammatory bowel disease is unknown, but it may involve immunological, infectious, or environmental factors.(45) The primary manifestations of acute ulcerative colitis are rectal bleeding, diarrhoea, urgency, fever, weight loss, and, sometimes, abdominal pain. Crohn's disease presents with malaise, fever, abdominal pain, and frequently rectal bleeding. Surgical treatment (colectomy) cures ulcerative colitis but not Crohn's disease. However, surgery is usually a last resort in ulcerative colitis. Drugs used to treat inflammatory bowel disease include sulphasalazine, corticosteroids, antispasmodics, and, in severe cases, immunosuppressants. Early psychosomatic theories aside, there is no objective evidence that psychiatric disorders cause inflammatory bowel disease. However, patients with this disease and who have psychiatric disorders are more likely to have unexplainable...

Treatment Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease mainly refers to ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis is characterized by a relapsing inflammatory condition involving the mucosa of variable lengths of the colon resulting in bleeding, urgency, diarrhea, and tenesmus. The endo-scopic and radiographic appearance may demonstrate multiple diffuse erosions or ulcerations. Biopsy reveals distorted crypt abscesses and diminished goblet cells. When involvement is limited to the rectum, it is termed ulcerative proctitis. Crohn's disease may involve the gut from esophagus to anus however, the small bowel or colon or both are the major areas of involvement. Inflammation is transmural. If the colon is predominantly involved, the symptoms and presentation are quite similar to those of ulcerative colitis. Small bowel involvement may result in large-volume bloodless diarrhea or obstruction. Normal areas of gut may be found between areas of inflamed mucosa. Fistulas, strictures, and abscess formation...

Hongming Zhuang MD PhD Jian Q Yu MD Abass Alavi MD

Many imaging modalities are used for the management of patients with suspected infection and inflammation, including diagnosis, determining the extent, monitoring response to therapy, and detection of recurrence. Nuclear medicine modalities differ from anatomic imaging procedures, such as ultrasound, CT, and MR imaging, with regard to the type of formation that they can provide in such settings. Although radiologic techniques provide excellent structural spatial resolution, nuclear medicine procedures can assess the degree of disease activity based on physiologic and metabolic changes caused by the underlying pathologic states. Gallium 67 scintigraphy can detect infection and inflammation. Labeled autologous leukocyte scan has proved its value in the evaluation of a variety of infectious and inflammatory processes, especially in inflammatory bowel disease 75-77 , abscess 78 , arthroplasty-associated infection 79 , and FUO 80 . Three-phase bone scan is commonly performed when...

Integrating Cells Into Tissues

Model of inflammatory bowel disease in which cultured flat colonic smooth muscle cells were induced to secrete cables of hyaluronan (green) that bind to spheroidal mononuclear leukocytes via their CD44 receptors (red). Nuclei are stained blue. Courtesy of C. de la Motte et al., Lerner Research Institute.

Clinical features

The most frequent symptoms are abdominal pain and weight loss 303 . About 40 of patients present as acute abdominal emergencies due to intestinal perforation and or obstruction 305, 424 . Patients may have a short history of malabsorption, sometimes diagnosed as adult coeliac disease which is usually gluten-insensitive or, less frequently, a long history of coeliac disease lasting for years or even decades 796 . Signs and symptoms of the disease may mimic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), particularly Crohn disease. Radiographic studies may be helpful, but they are often interpreted as consistent with a segmental or diffuse inflammatory process. Except for leukocytosis, laboratory data are usually unremarkable, including normal levels of lactate dehydrogenase 303 .

Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lower Tract

If school-aged, has patient had any extraintestinal manifestations Symptoms such as rash, arthralgias, anorexia, and weight loss are all indicative of inflammatory bowel disease, although this condition is rarely diagnosed before age 5 years. family history of bleeding diathesis, familial polyposis, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Tigaro Theory and the New Hypotheses

Autoimmune chronic pancreatitis (AIP) is a rare condition. The entity known as non-alcoholic duct-destructive chronic pancreatitis may actually represent AIP. AIP may be associated with other autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren's syndrome, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Recently, a characteristic high concentration of serum IgG4 was found in patients with sclerosing pancreatitis. Histology reveals lymphoplasmacytic infiltration in periductal non-occlusive fibrosis in the pancreatic tissue, and

Emotional Mispredictions

Such mispredictions are common in health settings.49 For example, patients with inflammatory bowel disease expect that having a colostomy would make them miserable, and yet patients emotionally adapt to colostomies relatively quickly.50 People predict that they would be miserable if they had kidney failure, and yet most dialysis patients are happy.51 Such mispredictions could influence patients' healthcare decisions. If a prostate cancer patient overestimates how much he will be bothered by impotence or incontinence, he may forgo potentially beneficially treatments.

Thiopurine Pharmacogenetics

Thiopurines are a family of drugs that include mercaptopurine (MP) a daily component of maintenance therapy for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment (89) and commonly used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease , thioguanine (used to treat acute myeloblastic lukemias), and azathioprine (a commonly prescribed immuno-suppressant used in solid organ transplants, rheumatic disease, and dermatologic disorders). The principal cytotoxic mechanism of these agents is the incorporation of thioguanine nucleotides (TGN) into DNA (Fig. 3). Thus, thiopurines are inactive prodrugs These studies demonstrate that the influence of TPMT genotype on hematopoietic toxicity is most dramatic for homozygous mutant patients but is also of clinical relevance for heterozygous individuals, which represent about 10 of the patients treated with these medications. The remaining 90 of the population carry two wild-type TPMT alleles these individuals have full TPMT activity and do not...

Diagnosis of celiac disease

Endomysial IgA antibody (EMA) reacts with the endomysium or loose connective tissue around smooth muscle bundles and is assayed by immunofluorescence using monkey esophagus or human umbilical cord as the substrate. It is now known that tissue transglutaminase (tTG) is the antigen to which EMA reacts, and ELISAs have been developed that use guinea pig or human recombinant tTG as the antigen. Human sources of tTG are superior to guinea pig as the assay substrate. The sensitivities of EMA and IgA tTG are similar and can approach 98 , although lower levels of sensitivity are reported for EMA testing. Both have lower sensitivity in the presence of lesser degrees of villous atrophy. The EMA is virtually 100 specific, while the tTG IgA specificity is about 95 with false-positive tests reported in autoimmune diseases, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and heart failure. The IgG tTG may have value in diagnosing celiac disease in the presence of IgA deficiency, although the literature...

Clinical Role General Principles

99mTc-leukocytes can be used in many of the same situations as 111In-leukocytes. In general, they may be preferred in acute sepsis when earlier imaging permits a more rapid diagnosis or when tomographic SPECT imaging is necessary. An advantage in inflammatory bowel disease is the ability to perform dynamic imaging which may improve localization. Proctitis may be masked by urinary activity in the bladder, however.

Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome

Clinical history and sigmoidoscopic findings, including single or multiple ulcers or hyperemia without ulceration, establish a diagnosis of SRUS. Ulcers are often shallow with gray-white base and zone of hyperemia. In addition, polypoid lesions may develop and must be differentiated from adenomatous polyps on histology. The lesions can be confused with benign and malignant neoplasms, or localized areas of inflammatory bowel disease, radiation proctitis, and pseudomembranous colitis. Biopsy is mandatory and confirms diagnosis. Histologic changes include mucosal thickening, edema of the lamina propria, fibrosis, and architectural derangement of the muscularis propria with extension of the smooth muscle fibers into the glandular crypts. Colitis cystica profunda is a related disorder in which the symptoms are indistinguishable from SRUS. Instead of ulcerations,examination reveals firm nodules on the anterior rectal wall. Histologically, these nodules are composed of normal colonic glands...

Pharmacology and Mechanism of Action

Sulfasalazine consists of sulfapyridine and 5-aminosalicylate (the active component in inflammatory bowel disease). Both components have anti-inflammatory effects (37). Sulfasalazine is highly protein-bound and undergoes N-acetylation in the liver before being excreted via the renal tract. The mechanism of action is unclear and may include effects on B cell, synoviocyte, and endothelial cell proliferation (37). Other mechanisms of action include reduction of cytokines, such as LL1 and TNFa (37,38). Sulfasalazine is commonly used for the treatment of RA. Recent studies comparing sulfasalazine with other DMARDs have shown efficacy comparable with leflunomide and MTX, with ACR20 responses of between 44 and 59 (10,11).

Measlesmumpsrubella Vaccine

A study published in 1995 suggested that there may be a link between measles vaccination and the subsequent development of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (Thompson et al., 1995). The study was reported by the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London. Respondents were assumed to have inflammatory bowel disease if they reported it and the diagnosis was not refuted by their physician. Reports of inflammatory bowel disease where no confirmation could be made were included. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis were reported more often among the measles vaccine group than among the control groups. The difference in the prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease was significantly higher in the vaccinated group when compared with the unvaccinated group. It was reported that, compared with the birth cohort, there was a relative risk of 3.01 (95 confidence interval 1.45-6.23) of developing Crohn's disease in the vaccinated group. The...

More Bad Press For Mmr Vaccine

The safety of the MMR vaccination was brought into question in 1998 following a report by UK researchers suggesting a link with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and autism.691 2 Concerns over the MMR vaccine were raised again in 1999 following the publication of another study by the same researchers in April linking atypical viral infections in childhood with IBD in later life.757 2 However, one of the study researchers, Dr Scott Montgomery, later emphasised that this study did not show any link between IBD and MMR vaccine, because they did not study the vaccine. The media coverage of the study findings was criticised by the UK Department of Health. Furthermore, a panel investigating the study concluded that there was no evidence indicating a link between the MMR vaccine and IBD (or autism) so there is no reason to change the MMR vaccination policy. Results of another study conducted by Professor Brent Taylor and colleagues from the United Kingdom also indicated that there is no...

Good News For Vaccines

Concerns over a potential link between measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) virus vaccine and inflammatory bowel disease and autism were first raised in 1998, but were subsequently refuted by the UK Department of Health. In 2000, the potential links were refuted again by the American Academy of Pediatrics, by Britain's Medical Research Council,798 2 and by a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.823 3

Ureteral Substitution

First described in 1909, the ileal ureter has become the most accepted and studied form of ureteral substitution.9 Complications include early extravasation with fistula or urinoma formation and obstruction from edema, mucous plugging, or kinking of the loop. Ischemic necrosis of the loop has also been described and should be suspected in a patient with significant, unexplained pain postoperatively. Although the majority of patients have no metabolic consequences, hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis can develop, especially in patients with preexisting renal insufficiency (serum creatinine 2mg dL). It also should not be performed in a patient with a history of inflammatory bowel disease or radiation enteritis.

Darlene G Kelly MD PhD Facg Facp

Discussed in this chapter are ways in which inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and nutrition are intimately related. Both Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis can have a profound effect on the nutritional status of those afflicted with these diseases. This can occur as a result of decreased food intake, digestion and absorption, increased requirements, altered metabolism of nutrients, increased losses and drug-nutrient interactions. There have also been implications of diet in the etiology of IBD. Finally, nutrition in the treatment of IBD is outlined. If it is found that nutrients are potential immunomodulators in these diseases, some intriguing dietary treatments may come to the forefront in the future. KeyWords Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease,

Mechanisms of malnutrition

In virtually all disease states, the mechanisms of malnutrition fall under seven general categories (Table 3.1). These include decreased food intake, maldigestion, malabsorption, alterations in metabolism of nutrients, increased nutrient requirements, increased nutrient losses and drug-nutrient interactions. The effect of inflammatory bowel disease will be addressed with each of these causes individually (Table 3.2).

Contraindications and Drug Interactions

Gold compounds are contraindicated for use in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, severe debilitation, or uncontrolled congestive heart failure or hypertension. Caution must be used in administering gold compounds to individuals who have conditions that might increase their susceptibility to gold toxicity blood dyscrasias, immunosuppression, renal disease, hepatic disease, skin diseases, or inflammatory bowel disease. Animal studies have shown adverse effects on reproduction gold compounds may distribute to breast milk and are therefore contraindicated for women who are breast-feeding.

Association of Polymorphisms in DME and Drug Transporters with Disease Susceptibility and Progression

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DME polymorphism in alcoholic liver disease mEH polymorphism in HCV-related liver disease mEH and GSTM1 polymorphism in hepatocellular carcinoma MDR1 gene polymorphism in inflammatory bowel disease Efficacy of therapy Abbreviations DME, drug-metabolizing enzymes HCV, hepatitis C virus TPMT, thiopurine methyl transferase HLA, human leukocyte antigen IBD, inflammatory bowel disease IBS, irritable bowel syndrome SERT, serotonin transporter gene ISDR, interferon sensitivity-determining region. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Microbial, immunologic, and genetic factors are thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. An experimental model of UC in mice deficient for the multidrug resistant 1 (mdr 1a) gene product P-glycoprotein (Pgp) showed that adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-binding cassette transporters probably have an important barrier function in protecting against xenobiotics, bacteria, and their toxins (34,35). In humans, Pgp (ABCB1) is localized to the apical...

Female Sexual Dysfunction and Colorectal Surgery

After CRS, sexual dysfunction in women may be attributed to disorders of desire, arousal, orgasm, and or pain. Sexual desire has been shown to maintain or improve in 76 to 80 of women after CRS and is often accompanied by increased frequency in sexual activity and sexual satisfaction.13,14 Such an improvement may be expected, because general health is likely to improve after surgery. However, previous studies have demonstrated that up to 78 of women complain of decreased or complete loss of libido after surgery.15 Factors such as impaired body image, concerns of partner negative reaction, fear of stool leakage, and use of a stoma are known to adversely impact sexual function, and may account for these findings. Among these factors, the negative impact of a stoma has been specifically addressed by several studies. Gloeckner and Starling16 conducted an interview with 40 subjects with a permanent stoma (24 men, 16 women) and found that 60 of the patients had impaired sexuality after...

Arteriolar and Capillary Alterations Associated with IBD

Colonic Intramural Plexus

Interstitial edema and mucosal exudation are cardinal histopathological signs of inflammatory bowel disease. All three segments of the intestinal microvasculature, that is, arterioles, capillaries, and venules, contribute to the interstitial edema associated with IBD. The arteriolar dilation that

Immediate Questions

In postpubertal girls, when was the last period Is there a history of sexual intercourse Vaginal discharge Consider pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), mittelschmerz, and ectopic pregnancy, depending on gynecologic history. K. Fever With appendicitis, there is typically afebrile or low-grade fever until perforation with viral conditions and peritonitis, temperature may be highly elevated. L. Chronic systemic illnesses Children with sickle cell disease may have abdominal pain from a crisis those with diabetes can have abdominal pain associated with ketoacidosis. Leukemia may produce typhlitis during periods of severe leukopenia. Inflammatory bowel disease can cause abdominal pain during periods of exacerbation.

Pancreatic Enzyme Supplements

These reports, and a further 35 cases of colonic stricture reported to the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, prompted the Foundation to organise a Consensus Conference to examine the use of pancreatic enzymes in patients with cystic fibrosis (Borowitz et al., 1995). The Conference used the term fibrosing colonopathy to describe a condition associated with ingestion of large quantities of pancreatic enzyme supplements'' and which leads to colonic strictures. It was considered that patients at highest risk were those who were less than 12 years of age, have taken more than 6000 lipase units per kg per meal for more than six months, have a history of meconium ileus or distal intestinal obstruction, have had intestinal surgery, or have a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease.

Other Differential Diagnoses Of Extraarticular Hip Pain

Several other diagnoses must be considered in patients with groin pain, including other musculoskeletal disorders, as well as more severe visceral problems. Problems that we have encountered in patients with inguinal pain include inflammatory bowel disease, prostatitis, aseptic necrosis of the hips, herpes, pelvic inflammatory disease, and rectal or testicular can-cer.101 These other possible diagnoses emphasize the importance of a detailed, careful history and physical examination. Musculoskeletal syndromes commonly considered in the differential diagnosis of lower abdominal or groin pain in the athlete include adductor injuries,102 piriformis and hamstring syndromes,65'102-104 snapping hip syndrome,101 iliopsoas tendonitis,105 iliotibial band syndrome,102 sacroiliac sprain,96 osteitis pubis,16 stress fractures,106 soft tissue injuries,101 contusions,105 bursitis,107 and myositis ossificans.96

Physical Exam Key Points

This is a critical component of physical exam. Assess for signs of obstruction or ischemia, as evidenced by tenderness, distention, peritoneal signs, or mass. Always consider age of patient in relation to physical findings. A mass in the right lower quadrant in a toddler suggests intussusception but in an older child is more likely to indicate inflammatory bowel disease. 5. Skin. Eczema is seen in association with milk-protein allergy. Cutaneous hemangioma or telangiectasia suggests internal vascular anomalies. Petechia or bruising may suggest liver disease or coagulopathy. Purpura is seen with the vasculitis of HSP. Erythema nodosum frequently is found with inflammatory bowel disease. 6. Extremities. Examine for joint swelling or erythema, which can be seen with inflammatory bowel disease.

Overlapping Sphincter Repair

Anorectal Surgery Pictures

Further physiologic testing includes anal manometry and anal electromyography. Anal manometry is the least useful in determining the etiology of the incontinence however, it provides important information about pressures, compliance, sensation, and reflexes of the anorectal region (see Chapter 3-4). Anal manometry confirms any sphincter damage by decreased resting (function of the IAS) and or squeeze (function of the EAS) pressures. Manometry will also identify other abnormalities that may not be corrected by sphincter repair such as decreased rectal compliance (inflammatory bowel disease, radiation proctitis), intrinsic nerve impairment loss in the form of absent rectoanal inhibitory reflex (adult Hirschsprung's, Chagas' disease), or decreased anal or rectal sensation (aging). These abnormalities may be improved with nonoperative therapy in the form of biofeedback with sensory retraining or other forms of surgery (proctectomy, stoma) in addition to or instead of sphincter repair.

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Disease and carcinoid tumours, because almost all cases were found incidentally after surgery for inflammatory bowel disease 622 . The factors involved in the aetiology of colorectal lymphomas are similar to those in the small intestine. Inflammatory bowel disease, particularly ulcerative colitis, is a recognized predisposing factor 1733 . Diverticular disease does not appear to be a risk factor for the development of lymphoma. Immunodeficiency disorders giving rise to lymphoma have a predilection for the gastrointestinal tract. The frequency of colorectal lymphomas has significantly increased, partly due to the AIDS epidemic. Aetiological factors are poorly understood for most colorectal mesenchymal tumours. Kaposi sarcoma usually occurs in association with AIDS, but it has also been described in connection with inflammatory bowel disease, in one case following immunosuppressive therapy 1930, 1584 . Human herpesvirus 8 is usually demonstrable by PCR in Kaposi sarcoma cells. An...

Nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms and other nonmalabsorptive presentations

Some studies suggest a subset of patients diagnosed as having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may have celiac disease 6, 7 . The mean prevalence of celiac disease was 3.4 in published series of IBS patients, and celiac disease is seven times more common in IBS patients than in age-matched controls. A recent decision analysis study suggests that there is an acceptable cost of testing for celiac disease in diarrhea predominant IBS patients when the prevalence of celiac disease is greater than 1 8 , and another study suggests celiac screening is more worthwhile than searching for infections, malignancies and inflammatory bowel disease in IBS subjects with diarrhea 9 .

Decline In Antioxidant Defenses And Increased Oxidant Damage Follows Infection And Injury

Were shown to fall precipitately in spleen, lymph nodes, and peritoneal macrophages (14). In asymptomatic HIV infection, substantial decreases in glutathione concentrations in blood and lung epithelial lining fluid have been noted (15). In patients undergoing elective abdominal operations, the glutathione content of blood and skeletal muscle fell by over 10 and 42 , respectively, within 24 h of the operation (16). Blood concentrations returned rapidly to preoperative values however, concentrations in muscle were still depressed 48 h after the operations. A diverse range of clinical treatments and diseases, all of which involve the inflammatory process, have been shown to lead to a decrease in tissue anti-oxidant concentrations. These include hepatitis C, ulcerative colitis, and cirrhosis. In patients with malignant melanoma, metastatic hypernephroma, and metastatic colon cancer, plasma ascorbic acid concentrations fell from normal to almost undetectable levels within 5 days of...

Documenting The History Of Infection

The number and types of infections and their individual and cumulative morbidity should be assessed. It is necessary to exclude carefully other causes of nonspecific symptoms for example, is sniffling or congestion due to recurrent upper respiratory infection, allergy, or other types of rhinitis If cough is a major complaint, it is important to determine whether this is due to sputum production, irritation, or other causes. Could it represent cough-equivalent asthma If failure to thrive and cough are both present, could the patient have cystic fibrosis Inflammatory bowel disease may mimic hypogammaglobulinemia in children with poor weight gain who also have recurrent rhinitis due to multiple mucosal viral infections, which by themselves would not be considered significant.

Differential Diagnosis

Often evident on inspection (eg, imperfo-rate or ectopic anus, anal stenosis, anteriorly displaced anus in girls). Intestinal defects include intestinal bands, intestinal stenosis, and strictures secondary to inflammatory bowel disease. Consider spinal cord defects (eg, tethered cord, spina bifida, spinal cord injury).

Laboratory Data

Leukocytosis and left shift are usual findings with appendicitis. Children with chronic illnesses (eg, inflammatory bowel disease) are often anemic. If marked neutropenia (WBCs 1000 mm3), consider typhlitis. 9. ESR. Nonspecific, but usually elevated in inflammatory bowel disease. 1. Chest and abdominal x-rays. Chest x-ray may reveal lower lobe pneumonia an upright chest film is the best view for detecting pneumoperitoneum. Abdominal x-rays are usually nonspecific but will show intestinal obstruction, stool with constipation, and occasionally a radiopaque urinary calculus or an appendiceal fecalith. Pneumatosis intestinalis (air in the wall of the intestine) is the hallmark of necrotizing enterocolitis. In patients with inflammatory bowel disease, a much dilated transverse colon suggests toxic megacolon. 4. GI contrast x-rays. Immediately obtain an upper GI series for bilious vomiting if midgut volvulus is suspected. Upper and lower GI contrast studies are useful...

Drug Transporters

Blood and tissue concentrations of most drugs are influenced by interindividual variation in the structure and function of the metabolizing enzyme and transporter genes. Transporters are genes that control drug uptake, distribution, and elimination. The multidrug resistance gene (MDR1) encodes for a P-glycoprotein (PgP), which belongs to the large adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-binding cassette (ABC) protein. The MDR1 gene was originally discovered as the protein causing cross-resistance of tumors to many different cyto-toxic agents (16). Multiple substrates are transported by PgP, including the chemotherapeutics tamoxifen and mitoxantrone, the antibiotics cefotetan and cefazolin, the immunosuppressant cyclosporin A, the antiarrytmic drug quindine, the cardiac stimulants digoxin, and such opioid drugs as morphine, to name a few (17). Many cancers are known to overexpress the PgP protein, and this has been correlated with poor prognosis, particularly in patients with leukemia (18)....

Colorectal History

Patients with complex disorders of evacuation will often have a confusing list of complaints, which can include both constipation and fecal incontinence. It is important, in the history of the present illness, to determine the patient's baseline bowel function. For patients with constipation, frequency and consistency of bowel movements should be ascertained. The sensation of the need to evacuate with significant straining leads the physician to consider outlet obstruction in the differential diagnosis. Infrequent bowel movements with no sensation of rectal fullness may lead to consideration of colonic inertia as a cause for constipation. It is always important to ask the patient if there is any prolapse of tissue from the anal canal. Often,patients will complain of severe hemorrhoidal prolapse, when in fact, the patient has full-thickness rectal prolapse. It is always important to determine whether there is any associated rectal bleeding. Obviously,occult malignancy must be ruled out...

Unresolved Questions

Ley has headed the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Virginia since 2001 and was the winner of the 1986 Abbott Microcirculation Award and the 2001 Curt A. Wiederhielm Award of the Microcirculatory Society. His laboratory primarily focuses on inflammatory processes in the microcirculation, in atherosclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. His work is supported by grants from the NIH.

Exudative diarrhea

Exudative diarrhea is characterized by bloody stools, tenesmus, urgency, cramping pain, and nocturnal occurrence. It is most often caused by inflammatory bowel disease, which may be indicated by the presence of anemia, hypoalbuminemia, and an increased sedimentation rate.

Specific Therapies

Treatment is directed at underlying problem. Allergic colitis is managed with hydrolyzed formula. Necrotizing enterocolitis is managed with supportive care. Appropriate antibiotics, most notably metronidazole, are used in treatment of C difficile colitis. Immunosuppressive agents are used in management of inflammatory bowel disease they have also been successful in patients with rapidly proliferating hemangiomas. VIII. Teaching Pearl Answer. Allergic colitis and anorectal fissure are frequent diagnoses in children younger than 1 year of age. Infectious gastroenteritis and anorectal fissures are common diagnoses in children older than 1 year. Painless rectal bleeding is more common with vascular malformation, polyp, or Meckel diverticulum. Painful rectal bleeding is seen with infectious, inflammatory, or ischemic lesions. Inflammatory bowel disease is rarely diagnosed before the age of 5 years.

Physical examination

The diagnosis of anorexia nervosa is usually straightforward, especially as the modern diagnostic criteria are objective. Wasting diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis), thyrotoxicosis, and diabetes mellitus may sometimes be mistaken for anorexia nervosa, but they can be identified through specific investigations. Occasionally there is an interaction between such a medical illness and anorexia nervosa, when a patient wishes to perpetuate the weight loss caused by the former. Rarely, anorexia nervosa may be mimicked by a cerebral tumour altering the function of the hypothalamus.

Study Population

As described in the previous section (Bioavailability) the study is usually performed in healthy, adult male and female volunteers, above 18 years of age, unless the study is conducted in the target patient population. It is advisable to perform the, study in the target patient population if the indication of the orally administered drug is to treat a disease likely to alter drug absorption, e.g., inflammatory bowel disease. The sample size should

Diagnostic Strategy

Endomyocardial biopsy ought to be considered for patients with heart failure or ventricular arrhythmia of less than 3 months' duration who fail to improve despite optimal medical care. In most cases of lymphocytic myocarditis, the left ventricular ejection fraction improves with usual care,69 whereas the ejection fraction in giant cell myocarditis rarely improves.70 The development of ventricular tachycardia or heart block further increases the likelihood of giant cell myocarditis.15'70'71 The presence of associated disorders such as thymoma, myasthenia gravis, myositis, or inflammatory bowel disease (Table 17-3) may provide valuable clues as well.

Patient Examples

Patient S.B. is a 56-year-old professional male with a 3-year history of irritable urinary bladder symptoms. He is taking multiple medications including Ditropan, Elavil, Elmiron, Atarax, Flomax, Cysta-Q, Celebrex, and Saw Palmetto. Confounding the history of irritable bladder symptoms is a concurrent history of mild inflammatory bowel disease. Every time he moves his bowels, he has bladder spasms and pain, and this sets off a cycle of frequency and urgency. He wishes to be able to control his urinating and reduce the episodes of bladder spasm. He would also like to taper his medications.

Intestinal Lesions

Ingestion of NSAIDs has also been associated with colonic ulcers, large intestinal perforation and bleeding, complications of diverticular disease (perforation, fistulae and bleeding) and with relapse of inflammatory bowel disease (Bjarnason et al, 1993 Faucheron, 1999). In addition, over the past 10 years or so there have been an increasing number of anecdotal reports of NSAID-associated colonic strictures or NSAID-induced colonic diaphragm disease in patients receiving diclofenac, indomethacin, sulindac, phe-nylbutazone, ibuprofen, and etodolac (Eis et al., 1997 Ribeiro et al., 1998 Faucheron, 1999 Weinstock et al., 1999 Smith and Pineau, 2000).

Specialist Feeds

Additional feeds are also available for the management of patients with special needs, e.g. renal failure, malabsorption, electrolyte restrictions, milk protein intolerance and inflammatory bowel disease. As a general rule elemental or semi-elemental feeds have an osmolarity between 300-500 moso l.

Scoring Systems

There are several disease processes in colon and rectal surgery with highly subjective presentations and clinical histories. These processes present a continuum rather than a discrete set of symptoms. Disorders that lend themselves to these scoring systems include fecal incontinence, constipation, and inflammatory bowel disease. These conditions share the common denominator of the clinician needing to try to give an objective meaning to otherwise subjective symptoms. Moreover, a quality-of-life (QOL) tool may be valid and a useful tool for any patient with any colorectal disease.

Anal Cancer

Anus Levator Muscle

Cancers of the anal canal are rare, accounting for approximately 1.5 of gastrointestinal tract malignancies. In the United States, there were an estimated 3400 new cases in 2000. In England, there were 245 new cases in men (1.0 100000) and 377 in women (1.5 100000) in 1997. It was originally thought that anal cancer was associated with chronic irritation from haemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae and inflammatory bowel disease. However, this is now known not to be so. The majority of anal cancers in both sexes are due to infection with human papilloma virus, particularly HPV1 6. There is an increased risk of anal cancer in men and women who practice anal receptive intercourse, who have had more than 10 sexual partners, or who have sexually transmitted diseases such as genital warts, gonorrhoea, or Chlamydia trachomatis. Other aetiological risk factors are immunosuppression, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and smoking. Women with anal cancer have a higher incidence of vulval,...

Malnutrition in ibd

Prevalence of Malnutrition in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Prevalence of Malnutrition in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Kelly DG, Fleming CR. Nutritional considerations in inflammatory bowel diseases. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 1995,24 597-611. With permission from the publisher. Kelly DG, Fleming CR. Nutritional considerations in inflammatory bowel diseases. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 1995,24 597-611. With permission from the publisher. Metabolic bone disease is commonly observed in those with inflammatory bowel disease. Clearly malnutrition contributes to this phenomenon. Hypocalcemia is seen in more than 10 of those with inflammatory bowel disease. This is often associated with decreased levels of vitamin D and in those patients on corticosteroid therapy. Osteopenia has been reported in more than half of patients with deficient 25-OH vitamin D levels (less than 25 nmol l). However, a recent study of 242 patients with Crohn's disease low bone mineral density...

Electron Ejaculation

Endorectal Coil Medrad Pittsburgh

Endorectal coils are generally used for prostate imaging because a strong signal can be received from the posterior aspect of the prostate where 70 of cancers occur (Fig. 1) (36). However, at the apex of the prostate gland, the peripheral gland wraps all the way around the urethra and extends anterior to it, a location where there is only weak signal from the coil (36). Additional pitfalls of an endorectal coil include signal hyperintensity immediately surrounding the coil (near-field artifact) and structural deformation of the peripheral zone of the prostate gland, which makes image interpretation difficult (37). Also, use of an endorectal coil is not possible in patients who have had an abdominoperineal resection and is contraindicated in patients with active inflammatory bowel disease. Additionally, it is not well tolerated by patients with severe hemorrhoidal disease or radiation-induced proctitis.


Cancer is associated with hypercoagulability and an increased risk of venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. This susceptibility can be compounded by decreased mobility resulting from fatigue and diminished functional status, or by pain related to the operative procedure. Operations particularly of risk include operations of the abdomen, pelvis, hip, or leg. Surgery that is of long duration, which uses laparoscopy, or has a degree of postoperative immobilization adds additional risk. Cancer patients have twice the risk of postoperative venous thrombosis, and three times the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism, as noncancer patients undergoing the same procedure.51 Patients at a higher risk are those with a history of previous myeloproliferative disorders such as polycythemia vera and primary thrombocytosis, or a history of obesity, varicose veins, cardiac dysfunction, indwelling central venous catheters, inflammatory bowel disease, nephrotic syndrome, pregnancy, or estrogen use, or...


Diarrhea is defined as frequent liquid stools that can be caused by foods, fecal impaction, bacteria (Escherichia coli, Salmonella), virus (parvovirus, rotavirus), toxins, drug reaction, laxative abuse, malabsorption syndrome caused by lack of digestive enzymes, stress and anxiety, bowel tumor, and inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.


A wide variety of nuclear medicine examinations are available for studying the function of the gastrointestinal tract. Tests include assessment of salivary gland function motility studies of the esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel measuring substrate absorption localization of gastrointestinal bleeding detection of Meckel's diverticulum (covered in Chapter 17) and tests for inflammatory bowel disease (covered in Chapter 12). This Chapter is not meant to be exhaustive but rather will concentrate on some of the more important and commonly requested tests.


Common causes of rectovaginal fistulas include obstetric trauma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), radiation, sepsis, iatrogenic injury from anal or vaginal surgery, forceful coitus or impalement, carcinoma, or congenital abnormalities. Etiology is important to the pathophysiology and the ultimate response to surgical therapy. Frequently associated or underlying conditions must be addressed either preoperatively or at the time of surgery to facilitate successful outcome.

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