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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 2358091, 3 pages
Case Report

Ischemic Colitis in Sickle Cell Disease: A Case Report of a Diagnostic Challenge

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Kyle Geary; ude.ciu@3yraegk

Received 10 October 2017; Accepted 17 December 2017; Published 24 January 2018

Academic Editor: Engin Altintas

Copyright © 2018 Kyle Geary and Jacob Kibrit. 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.


Microvascular occlusion serves as the underlying mechanism for the multitude of clinical manifestations of sickle cell disease, one of the most prevalent hemoglobinopathies worldwide. Recurrent painful episodes are the hallmark of this condition. Abdominal pain attributed to an acute painful episode can be indistinguishable from a separate and/or more serious intra-abdominal disease process, representing a significant diagnostic dilemma for clinicians. Here we present a rare case of ischemic colitis due to vascular occlusion in a 28-year-old man with sickle cell disease.