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Tomiyama, Hokama, Koga, Shimabukuro, Oishi, Ohira, Iraha, Kinjo, and Fujita: Stroke and neck bruit in a boy with Crohn’s disease
Question: A 15-year-old boy with CD presented with acute onset of headache, vomiting, and systemic convulsion lasting several minutes. On the diagnosis at 9-year-old, CD location was ileocolonic, and behavior was non-stricturing, non-penetrating with pediatric CDAI (PCDAI) value of 57.5. His medication included prednisolone (2.5 mg/day) and sulfasalazine (3 g/day). Physical examination revealed stable vital signs and bruit on the right neck. His blood pressure was 140/106 mmHg in the left arm, whereas 120/104 mmHg on the right side. Paralysis and neurological deficit were not noted. Complete blood cell counts showed white blood cells of 9,900/mm3, hemoglobin of 9.2 g/dL, and platelets of 375,000/mm3. Biochemical tests showed elevated levels of CRP (4.48 mg/dL [reference range, <0.14 mg/dL]), ESR (90 mm/hr [2-10 mm/hr]), IgG (3,141 mg/dL [861-1,747 mg/dL]), IgA (1,714 mg/dL [93-393 mg/dL]), and antinuclear antibody (× 320 [<×20]). Tests for anti-DNA antibody, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody, and lupus anticoagulant were negative. PCDAI value was 37.5. Brain MRI and MR angiography (MRA) were performed (Fig. A and B). What is the most likely diagnosis?
Answer to the Images: CD Complicated by Takayasu Arteritis
Brain MRI showed multiple increased signals in T2 images and fluid attenuated inversion recovery sequences, suggesting cerebral ischemia (Fig. A and Fig. A). MRA showed the occlusion of the left common carotid artery at the origin (arrow) and stenosis of the right subclavian artery (arrow head). Compensatory prominent left carotid artery (asterisk) and collaterals feeding thin external and internal carotid arteries were also presented (Fig. B). Ischemic stroke caused by intracranial arteritis due to Takayasu arteritis (TA) type I (involvement confined to aortic arch branches) was diagnosed. Treatment with 30 mg/day of prednisolone and 200 mg/day of ticlopidine were initiated and symptoms improved. He has been asymptomatic with 10 mg/day of prednisolone for 23 years. Follow-up ileocolonoscopy showed the longitudinal ulcer scar in the descending colon.
TA is a rare idiopathic, inflammatory and granulomatous vasculitis affecting large arteries, including the aorta and its major branches [1]. CD is a chronic IBD with extraintestinal manifestations. Co-existence of TA and CD has been extremely rare and was reported only in nearly 70 cases [2-4]. The mechanism of this association has not been yet elucidated; however, genetic susceptibilities, such as certain human leucocyte antigens have been suggested to be the shared pathogenesis [1]. In most co-existence cases, the diagnosis of CD precedes that of TA [2], as in this case. In addition, co-existence patients were younger at the time of diagnosis of TA than those without CD [4]. A study indicated that the activities of co-existence occurred in parallel in 43% [3]. We should consider the complication of TA when cardiovascular symptoms, such as hypertension or bruits appear in patients with CD. On the contrary, CD should be kept in mind when TA cases are in refractory condition.



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Collecting materials, drafting the manuscript: Tomiyama R. Collecting materials: Koga E, Shimabukuro K, Oishi Y, Ohira T, Iraha A, Kinjo T. Reviewing the manuscript: Hokama A. Supervising the study: Fujita J. All authors reviewed the final version of the manuscript.



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