Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Colonic strictures mimicking Crohn’s disease
  1. Kento Takenaka,
  2. Maiko Kimura,
  3. Kazuo Ohtsuka
  1. Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kento Takenaka, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tokyo Ika Shika Daigaku, Bunkyo-ku 113-8519, Japan; ktakenaka.gast{at}

Statistics from


A 38-year-old woman presented with a 3-month history of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and 2 kg weight loss. Plain CT performed initially revealed minor ascites, without any evidence of bowel inflammation or tumours. Considering the patient’s symptoms and age, IBD was suspected and colonoscopy was performed, which revealed nodular irregularity and a severe stricture in the sigmoid colon that prevented the passage of the scope. Colonic biopsy of the stricture revealed a normal epithelium. Because of the failure to obtain a definitive diagnosis, the patient was referred to our university hospital.

Laboratory tests revealed no anaemia …

View Full Text


  • Contributors KT and KO performed endoscopy. MK saw the patients as a physician.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.