Superior mesenteric artery vasculitis in behçet’s disease: A case report and literature review

Eiichi Kakehi, Seiji Adachi, Yusuke Fukuyasu, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Masayo Yoshida, Taeko Osaka, Akane Hirotani, Hisanori Danbara, Kaduyo Shimizu, Ryosuke Fujita, Kazuhiko Kotani, Masami Matsumura

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A 55-year-old male presented with abdominal pain that had begun about 5 days ago. Physical examination revealed oral aphtha, genital aphthosis, and pseudofolliculitis, and the patient was diagnosed with incomplete Behçet’s disease (BD). Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) showed dilation of the superior mesenteric artery and mesenteric infiltration of inflammation, indicating vasculo-BD. The symptoms were improved by 3-day of intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy followed by oral prednisolone. A literature review suggested that vasculo-BD should be included as a differential diagnosis in cases with unexplained abdominal pain, arterial dilation, and mesenteric invasion, and CECT examination and steroid therapy should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Behçet’s disease
  • Superior mesenteric artery
  • Vascular involvement
  • Vasculo-behçet’s disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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