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Case Reports in Rheumatology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 672959, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/672959
Case Report

Intestinal Infarction and Portal Vein Thrombosis in a Patient with Henoch Schonlein Purpura

1Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
2Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
3Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA

Received 22 June 2012; Accepted 13 September 2012

Academic Editors: D. Aeberli, D. R. Alpert, R. Cevik, A. Chalmers, A. Giusti, and C. Schubert

Copyright © 2012 Mekdess Abebe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Henoch Schonlein purpura is a systemic vasculitis that commonly affects children and teenagers but also affects adults of all ages. In most instances it has a benign course. Organ involvement, particularly in adults, and notably the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract may require therapeutic intervention and may have a less favorable outcome. We report a case of a 58-year-old man who presented with purpura and who rapidly developed catastrophic intestinal vasculitis, leading to his demise.