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MINERVA GASTROENTEROLOGICA E DIETOLOGICA
A Journal on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Dietetics
Indexed/Abstracted in: CAB, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
CASE REPORTS CLINICAL ADVANCES IN INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2007 September;53(3):295-9
Gastrointestinal involvement in Henoch-Schönlein purpura
Farah R., Shay M.
Department of Internal Medicine F, Western Galilee Hospital, Nahariya, Israel
We report a 20-year-old young man with Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) who presented with abdominal pain, arthralgia, and skin rash. The gastrointestinal tract was viewed by upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. We found characteristic endoscopic findings in the stomach, cecum and sigmoid colon, the combination of which has rarely been demonstrated in one patient. Histologic examination of skin biopsy specimens and gastrointestinal tract revealed leukocytoclastic vasculitis with positive staining for IgA in the capillaries. The clinical course of this patient was further improved after the combined therapy with steroids and immunosuppressive drug.