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Colobronchial fistula: a rare cause of non-resolving pneumonia in Crohn’s disease


El-Hag, Karim; Renzulli, Pietro; Franzen, Daniel; Kohler, Malcolm (2018). Colobronchial fistula: a rare cause of non-resolving pneumonia in Crohn’s disease. BMJ Case Reports:224408.

Abstract

We discuss the case of a 44-year-old man with a refractory left lower lobe pneumonia progressing to a pulmonary abscess caused by a colobronchial fistula, a rare complication of underlying Crohn’s disease. The patient presented with weight loss and signs of a pulmonary consolidation, which responded incompletely to the targeted antibiotic treatment. The causative colobronchial fistula was demonstrated by CT-guided puncture and retrograde injection of contrast medium. After fistula excision, the patient recovered rapidly with a weight gain of 4 kg within a few weeks.

Abstract

We discuss the case of a 44-year-old man with a refractory left lower lobe pneumonia progressing to a pulmonary abscess caused by a colobronchial fistula, a rare complication of underlying Crohn’s disease. The patient presented with weight loss and signs of a pulmonary consolidation, which responded incompletely to the targeted antibiotic treatment. The causative colobronchial fistula was demonstrated by CT-guided puncture and retrograde injection of contrast medium. After fistula excision, the patient recovered rapidly with a weight gain of 4 kg within a few weeks.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Pneumology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:20 August 2018
Deposited On:04 Jan 2019 07:29
Last Modified:04 Jan 2019 07:40
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:1757-790X
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1136/bcr-2018-224408
PubMed ID:30131411

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