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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 741047, 4 pages
Case Report

Ischemic Colitis Revealing Polyarteritis Nodosa

1Department of Internal Medicine, La Rabta, 1007 Tunis, Tunisia
2Department of Surgery A, La Rabta, 1007 Tunis, Tunisia
3Department of Anatomopathology, La Rabta, 1007 Tunis, Tunisia

Received 4 July 2013; Accepted 14 October 2013

Academic Editor: Jens Søndergaard

Copyright © 2013 Amira Hamzaoui 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.


Ischemic colitis is one of the most common intestinal ischemic injuries. It results from impaired perfusion of blood to the bowel and is rarely caused by vasculitis. We report a case of ischemic colitis revealing polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) in a 55-year-old man. Histological examination of the resected colon led to the diagnosis of PAN.