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Isolated Celiac Artery Vasculitis Presenting as Ileus in a Patient With Ulcerative Colitis.

There is a known association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and vasculitis, which can present with mesenteric ischemia or cutaneous manifestations. Infliximab, an anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) used to treat IBD, has been implicated as a potential culprit. We present a unique case of a patient with ulcerative colitis who developed isolated celiac artery vasculitis presenting with abdominal pain and ileus after decreasing his dosage of azathioprine. Vasculitis resolved with steroids and increasing azathioprine dosage, while continuing anti-TNF therapy, suggesting that anti-TNF agents are not the only cause of vasculitis in patients with IBD or that thiopurines may be protective.

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