Common carotid arterial thrombosis associated with ulcerative colitis.


A 26-year-old woman with ulcerative colitis was transferred to our hospital with left hemiparesis due to cerebral infarction. Cervical ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging angiography revealed thrombosis at the right common carotid artery and the right internal carotid artery. Antithrombotic and anticoagulant therapies were commenced. After about 2 wk of the treatment, the frequency of her diarrhea increased. She underwent emergency subtotal colectomy, but 10 d later an abundant hemorrhage from the remnant rectum occurred, so the remnant rectum was resected and an ileal pouch anal anastomosis was performed. Antithrombotic and anticoagulant therapies were continued, but neither her neurological status nor magnetic resonance imaging angiography findings showed subsequent changes. She was discharged 3 mon after operation. This is a rare case of common carotid arterial thrombosis occurring as a complication of ulcerative colitis, in which antithrombotic and anticoagulant therapies are considered to provoke a deterioration of the patient's bowel disease.

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@article{Nogami2007CommonCA, title={Common carotid arterial thrombosis associated with ulcerative colitis.}, author={Hitoshi Nogami and Tsuneo Iiai and Satoshi Maruyama and Tatsuo Tani and Katsuyoshi Hatakeyama}, journal={World journal of gastroenterology}, year={2007}, volume={13 11}, pages={1755-7} }