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Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Online ISSN 1827-1782
Benfatto G. P., Benfatto S. A. M., Borina E. M. L., Giovinetto A.
It is common knowledge that Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a systemic illness, which can cause extra-articular clinical manifestations. The case of a 48-year old woman suffering for twenty years from RA, admitted for acute abdomen syndrome due to a perforation of the cecum is presented. A right hemicolectomy was performed. Histology revealed a thrombotic panarteritis in the cecum. A review of the literature showed that only ultrastructural lesions of the bowel have been detected in patients suffering from RA. From this case it is possible to draw new etiopathogenetic observations of RA, of considerable multi-disciplinary value.