Embolie de cholestérol: Une cause rare d'occlusion de l'intestin grêle

Translated title of the contribution: Cholesterol embolism: An unusual cause of small bowel obstruction

Emmanuel Lederman, Marie Laure Petit, Arnaud Boruchowicz, Martine Lecomte-Houcke, Sylvie Dewailly, Jean Frédéric Colombel

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We describe a case of small bowel obstruction secondary to cholesterol crystal embolism in a 83-year-old man. Clinical symptoms were dominated by weight loss and vomiting. Small bowel baryum X-ray displayed a short and unique stricture of the jejunum. Atheromatous embolism was suspected in the presence of an aortic anevrysm. At laparotomy, a 2 cm stricture of jejunum was identified and a 6 cm length segment of small bowel was resected. Pathological features were consistent with cholesterol crystal embolism. The patient did well 3 months after surgery. This observation points out the nonspecific clinical presentation of gastrointestinal cholesterol embolism.

Translated title of the contributionCholesterol embolism: An unusual cause of small bowel obstruction
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)225-227
Number of pages3
JournalGastroenterologie Clinique et Biologique
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cholesterol emboli
  • Small bowel
  • Stricture


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