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BACKGROUND & AIMS Infliximab is an antibody against tumor necrosis factor-α that is used to treat patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease (CD). C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker used to identify and follow individuals with CD. We analyzed changes in levels of CRP in a large cohort of patients with CD undergoing treatment with infliximab. (More)
Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EG) is a rare condition, caused by eosinophilic inflammatory infiltrates in the gastrointestinal tract. It is usually treated successfully with systemic glucocorticoids. Because of frequent relapses, however, there is need for alternatives. We describe a 38-year old man with steroid-dependent EG, who was successfully treated(More)
BACKGROUND Crohn's Disease (CD) has a heterogeneous presentation, and is typically classified according to extent and location of disease. The genetic susceptibility to CD is well known and genome-wide association scans (GWAS) and meta-analysis thereof have identified over 30 susceptibility loci. Except for the association between ileal CD and NOD2(More)
In a review of the literature concerning autoimmune pancreatitis we had special interest for the concept of IgG4-related pathology as a systemic disease with several clinical manifestations. In general, IgG4-positivity can not only be found in the pancreas, but also at the level of the kidneys, extrahepatic biliary ducts, gallbladder, lungs, salivary(More)
BACKGROUND A subgroup of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antibodies develop skin lesions, but the lesions and their clinical course are not well-characterized. OBJECTIVE To describe patients treated with anti-TNF antibodies who did and did not develop skin lesions. DESIGN Retrospective cohort.(More)
A 56-year-old patient, first diagnosed with an acute cytomegalovirus infection, presented with progressive abdominal pain because of a superior mesenteric vein thrombosis for which he was treated with systemic thrombolysis and heparin in continuous infusion. As this therapy did not have the intended success after 5 days, an interventional radiological(More)
A 74-year-old male patient presented with progressive anorexia, cholestatic liver function tests, and a diffuse enlarged pancreas suggestive of a pancreatic carcinoma. There was a marked elevation of total immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) in serum. Further investigation led to the diagnosis of IgG4-related sclerosing disease with involvement of the pancreas,(More)
BACKGROUND The occurrence of thromboembolic events (TE) is an important extraintestinal manifestation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The aim of this study was to compare fibrinolysis and clot lysis parameters between (1) patients with IBD and healthy controls and (2) patients with IBD with TE (IBD + TE) and without TE (IBD - TE). (More)