Surgery Today

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 383-386

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Sigmoid Colon Perforation as an Unusual Complication of Behçet's Syndrome: Report of a Case

  • Mustafa TuranAffiliated withDepartments of General Surgery and
  • , Metin ŞenAffiliated withDepartments of General Surgery and
  • , Ayhan KoyuncuAffiliated withDepartments of General Surgery and
  • , Cengiz AydinAffiliated withDepartments of General Surgery and
  • , Sema AriciAffiliated with Pathology, Cumhuriyet University Faculty of Medicine, 58140 Sivas, Turkey

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A 47-year-old man with long-standing Behçet's syndrome presented with an acute abdomen, and was found to have perforation of the sigmoid colon. Laparotomy revealed gangrenous changes in the sigmoid colon and perforation in the center of the affected segment. This is a very rare complication of Behçet's disease, and we report this case to stress the importance of performing careful abdominal examination while evaluating patients with Behçet's disease.

Key words Behçet's disease Sigmoid colon perforation Inflammatory bowel disease