Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor 2017-2019

 

Editor-in-Chief:

Tom MOREELS

 

Deputy Editor:

Nicolas LANTHIER

 

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Diffuse Cavernous Hemangioma of the Colon


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A 70-year-old man was admitted to our clinic with a history of rectal bleeding and constipation, his colonoscopy revealed varicosities and bluish nodular lesions of the rectum (Figure 1). Abdominal CT showed multiple nodular lesions beginning from the distal descending colon and extending to the rectum, calcifications suggesting phleboliths were also seen in these lesions. A contrast enhanced pelvic MRI demonstrated multiple tubular lesions showing hyperintensity on T2-weighted images and hypointensity on T1-weighted images, consistent with the affected areas on the CT scan (Figure 2). It was a diffuse cavernous hemangioma, which mostly affects the rectosigmoid colon in the gastrointestinal tract, and can clinically mimic internal hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis or cancer (1). Gastrointestinal hemangioma is a rare benign vascular neoplasm, and might be associated with a congenital disorder like Osler-Weber-Rendu disease, Maffucci’s syndrome, Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome, or the congenital blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (2). Even though there are different medical treatment options targeting VEGF and FGF-mediated pathways such as bevacizumab and thalidomide, and endoscopic approaches like sclerotherapy and electrocautery; complete resection of the hemangioma is the only curative treatment method (1, 3). Therefore, the patient was referred to department of surgery for a definitive treatment, and lost to follow-up. [Product Details...]



Two jenuno-jenunal intussusceptions in a patient with coeliac disease


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We present a case of a 41-year-old woman with severe abdominal pain caused by two jejuno-jejunal intussusceptions. Further investigation showed coeliac disease as the underlying cause. The patient recovered rapidly on a gluten-free diet. So coeliac disease could be the underlying cause of idiopathic intussusception more often than previously thought and intussusception should be suspected in patients with known coeliac disease presenting with abdominal pain. (Acta gastro enterol. belg., 2016, 79, 000-000). [Product Details...]


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