Gastrointestinal Tract Involvement in Cholesterol Crystal Embolization Minako Hirahashi 1,2 1Department of Medicine and Clinical Science, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University Keyword: 全身性疾患 , 動脈硬化 , コレステロール結晶塞栓症 , 消化管 , 微細病変 pp.651-656
Published Date 2003/4/24
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1403100927
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 Cholesterol crystal embolization (CCE) is a rare disease mainly caused by anti-coagulant therapy or arterial manipulation in patients with atherosclerosis. In CCE, microemboli of showered cholesterol crystals leads to multisystem disorders including the skin, kidney, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. Although endoscopic findings of CCE have been only rarely reported, spotty erythema, erosions, and ulcerations have been observed in patients with the disease. It has also been reported that CCE causes fatal gastrointestinal complications, such as massive hemorrhage, necrosis and perforation. It thus seems necessary to take this disease into consideration when an atherosclerotic patient complains of abdominal symptoms.

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