ResearchBib Share Your Research, Maximize Your Social Impacts
Sign for Notice Everyday Sign up >> Login

Long-Standing Ulcerative Colitis and Sulphasalazine Treatment Complicated by Adult Celiac Disease

Journal: International Journal of Celiac Disease (Vol.8, No. 4)

Publication Date:

Authors : ;

Page : 117-119

Keywords : celiac disease; Sulphasalazine; ulcerative colitis; serological screening;

Source : Downloadexternal Find it from : Google Scholarexternal


The risk of celiac disease may be increased in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), however, the precise pathogenetic mechanisms involved remain controversial. In this report, an elderly man with long-standing and extensive ulcerative colitis was treated with daily salazopyrine for over 30 years. His medication was eventually discontinued although endoscopic surveillance studies showed healed colitis with minimal inflammatory change and no dysplasia. He subsequently volunteered as an IBD control in a celiac disease research study. Endomysial and tissue transglutaminase antibodies were unexpectedly positive and a small bowel biopsy showed changes of celiac disease that later responded to a gluten-free diet. Earlier historical duodenal and ileal biopsies had been normal suggesting that changes were new, developing after cessation of the salazopyrine. This unusual presentation “unmasking” celiac disease after cessation of long-standing salazopyrine for colitis raises the potential that the drug may have acted to suppress the inflammatory process in celiac disease and may offer another alternate and inexpensive therapeutic approach.

Last modified: 2021-05-04 02:10:13