Acta Med. 2005, 48: 43-44

Two Cases of Pericarditis Associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Bilge Tunca, Levent Filikb, Aysel Ulkera, Erkan Parlaka

aTurkiye Yuksek Ihtisas Hospital, Gastroenterology Clinic, Ankara, Turkey
bBaskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology, Ankara, Turkey

Received October 1, 2004
Accepted November 1, 2004

Extraintestinal manifestations are common complications of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) whereas the association of cardiac disease with IBD is rarely reported. Cardiac manifestations may be diagnosed before, concomitantly or after the diagnosis of the specific type of inflammatory bowel disease. Pericarditis and myocarditis are potentially serious complications. This extraintestinal manifestation developed in one patient concomitantly with onset of intestinal disease. One patient had ulcerative colitis (UC), while other had Crohn’s disease (CD). Indomethacin was effective in one and the other patient required prednisone in addition. Chest symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel disease should be evaluated to exclude myopericardial disease.


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