The effective treatment with cyclosporine of a ulcerative colitis patient with concurrent idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura who subsequently developed spontaneous pneumomediastinum

Tsutomu Iwasa, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Eikichi Ihara, Akira Aso, Tetsuhide Ito

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Abstract

Although extraintestinal manifestations of inflammatory bowel diseases are not uncommon, few reports have described concurrent idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Spontaneous pneumomediastinum is also a rare complication of ulcerative colitis (UC). This report describes the case of a 14-year-old boy who experienced recurrent ulcerative colitis 3 months after temporary improvement following treatment with prednisolone (20 mg/day) and granulocyte/monocyte adsorption apheresis. His platelet counts decreased, suggesting ITP. The dosage of prednisolone was increased to 60 mg/day; however, his thrombocytopenia did not improve and he suddenly developed pneumomediastinum. A continuous infusion of cyclosporine increased his platelet counts and improved his ulcerative colitis. Cyclosporine should be considered when steroid-resistant ITP accompanies UC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1331-1337
Number of pages7
JournalInternal Medicine
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine

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