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Volume 63 - 2000 - Fasc.2 - Case reports

Perforated gastric ulcer complicating corticosteroid therapy in acute rheumatic fever

We report an 11-year-old boy with acute rheumatic fever who presented with gastric perforation while treated with corticosteroids (CS). He had been treated initially with acetylsalicylic acid for 11 days, CS replaced the treatment with acetylsalicylic acid due to deterioration of carditis. The possible pathogenesis is discussed.


Lymphangioma of the colon : A case report and review of the Japanese literature

Intraabdominal lymphangiomas are rare, although these lesions can occur in the mesentery, omentum, retroperitoneum, or gastrointestinal tract wall. Here we report a case of lymphangioma of the transverse colon and review the other cases reported in the Japanese literature. Our patient presented with lower abdominal pain and barium enema revealed a filling defect in the transverse colon. Colonoscopy disclosed a submucosal tumor, which changed shape with alterati on of the patient's position and showed the cushion sign. This lesion was covered with normal-looking mucosa. A correct diagnosis was made from these findings. Knowledge of these endoscopic features may help physicians to provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment of colonic lymphangioma.