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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Rare Complications

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Rare Complications

    Topic Overview

    Rare complications of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) include:

    • Problems with blood vessels, such as blood clots (thromboemboli) or inflammation of an artery. These problems are rare but can cause serious complications or even death.
    • Scarring of the pancreas .
    • Inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart (pericarditis).
    • Inflammation of the blood vessels in the lungs.
    • Chronic inflammation of the large airway tubes (bronchi) in the lungs.
    • Uncommon forms of anemia related to poor absorption of nutrients from the intestines.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
    Last Revised October 8, 2012

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