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Case Reports in Rheumatology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 384257, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/384257
Case Report

Coexistence of Takayasu Arteritis and Crohn’s Disease in a Maltese Patient

Department of Rheumatology, Mater Dei Hospital, Msida MSD 2090, Malta

Received 9 November 2015; Accepted 2 December 2015

Academic Editor: Mario Salazar-Paramo

Copyright © 2015 John Paul Caruana Galizia and Paul John Cassar. 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

Takayasu arteritis (TA) and Crohn’s disease (CD) are uncommon chronic granulomatous disorders affecting the large arteries and the gastrointestinal tract, respectively. At least 40 occurrences of these two conditions in the same patient have been reported in the literature, raising the possibility of an association between them. We report the coexistence of TA and CD in a young Maltese patient and review the literature to discuss possible aetiological mechanisms that might explain this association.