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Clinical Image
Volume 4, Issue 11 (November Issue)

Colonic Stricture in Ulcerative Colitis: Diagnosis Out-of-the-Way

Rohit Mathur1*, Arathi S Gadwalkar1, Arun Karyampudi1, Anuradha Sekaran2 and D Nageshwar Reddy1

1Department of Gastroenterology, Asian institute of gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India

2Department of Pathology, Asian institute of gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India

*Corresponding author: Dr Rohit Mathur, Department of Gastroenterology, Asian institute of gastroenterology, Somajiguda, Telangana, Hyderabad, India. E-mail: rohitmathur2021@gmail.com

Received: October 12, 2022; Accepted: October 23, 2022; Published: November 05, 2022

Citation: Mathur R, Gadwalkar AS, Karyampudi A, et al. Colonic Stricture in Ulcerative Colitis: Diagnosis Out-of-the-Way. Clin Image Case Rep J. 2022; 4(11): 280.


A 51-year Asian man, with ulcerative colitis (UC) for 10 years, presented as 8 months history of intermittent abdominal pain and change in bowel habits, feeling of lump-in-abdomen, tenesmus, bleeding per rectum and significant weight loss for 2 months. He was never on immunosuppressant for UC. MRI abdomen showed circumferential enhancing thickening (up to 6.8cm) of the left colon (Figures 1 and 2) extending from splenic flexure distally for a length of 24 cm. Colonoscopy showed loss of normal vascular pattern, mucosal friability and nodularity with luminal narrowing in the descending colon. Biopsy showed clusters of atypical lymphoid cells with expression of lymphoid surface antigens (CD45, CD20 and CD3) negative for cytokeratin (Figure 3A). Additionally, tumour cells showed Bcl-2, Bcl-6, and focal c-MYC positivity (Figure 3B) with Ki67 proliferative index of 50% and no MUM1 expression, suggestive of non-Hodgkin diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of germinal origin. Primary colorectal lymphoma (PCL) [1] occurs more commonly in patients of inflammatory bowel disease who are on long term immunosuppressant and carries a poorer prognosis than NHL of other gastrointestinal sites. Its occurrence de novo in an untreated patient of ulcerative colitis is extremely rare. Histologically, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is more common than Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The exact aetiology is not known, although infection with Epstein-Barr virus may play a role [2]. This patient the Dawson criteria [3] for PCL and was started on chemotherapy after WHO staging fulfilled. Better imaging and advances in IHC techniques made this diagnosis possible.