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A previously fit and well 75-year-old Caucasian woman presented with a 2-month history of postprandial abdominal pain, vomiting and 10 kg weight loss without diarrhoea.
Blood investigations showed marked hypoalbuminaemia of 18 g/L and elevated C reactive protein (CRP) of 185 mg/L. Tissue transglutaminase IgA level was within normal limits without evidence of IgA deficiency. Faecal calprotectin was elevated at 205 µg/g.
Abdominal CT revealed subacute small bowel obstruction characterised by multiple long, thick walled, dilated loops of jejunum (figure 1) associated with lymphadenopathy. Histological findings from laparoscopic mesenteric lymph node resection showed reactive features only.