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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 152-155
Brief Communication

Crohn’s Disease and the Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome

Alexandra Ilnyckyj, Thomas AM Aldor, Richard Warrington, and Charles N Bernstein

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


A 30-year-old woman with a 10-year history of recurrent bloody diarrhea and documented colitis of the descending colon, consistent with Crohn’s disease, presented with an exacerbation of her gastrointestinal disease and an 18-month history of recurrent facial and genital swelling. Her course evolved to include severe ear pain, dysphagia and colonic dysmotility. She was diagnosed with Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome and treated with multiple agents. The neurological aspects of her presentation are highlighted, and the Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome is reviewed.