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Panminerva Medica 2001 March;43(1):53-5
Collagenous colitis in symptomatic subjects without endoscopic morphologic evidence. Case report
Sumberaz A., Valentini M., Delehaye E., Gentile R. *, Testino G.
From the Department of Gastroenterology
*Department of Pathology San Martino Hospital, Genoa, Italy
Collagenous colitis (CC) is a rare pathology and, even though various etiopathogenetic hypotheses have been put forward, the etiology and pathology are still not well defined. We report the case of a female patient suffering from chronic watery diarrhoea, positive for guaiac-based fecal occult blood test and morphologically negative to endoscopic investigation, but histologically classifiable as CC. This case report suggests that the clinical history must lead towards the execution of a colonscopy with bioptic samples done even on apparently normal mucosa. Furthermore, the clinic should always signal a suspect CC to the anatomopathologist in order to have a correct diagnosis.