Retrospective Study
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World J Gastroenterol. Jul 14, 2015; 21(26): 8148-8155
Published online Jul 14, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i26.8148
Relationship between severity of venous calcifications and symptoms of phlebosclerotic colitis
Tsung-Shuo Yen, Chien-An Liu, Nai-Chi Chiu, Yi-You Chiou, Yi-Hong Chou, Cheng-Yen Chang
Tsung-Shuo Yen, Department of Radiology, Wei Gong Memorial Hospital, Miaoli County 351, Taiwan
Chien-An Liu, Nai-Chi Chiu, Yi-You Chiou, Yi-Hong Chou, Chen-Yen Chang, Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei City 11217, Taiwan
Nai-Chi Chiu, Yi-You Chiou, Yi-Hong Chou, Chen-Yen Chang, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei City 11217, Taiwan
Author contributions: Yen TS and Liu CA conceptualized the study and contributed to data analysis and interpretation and manuscript preparation and revision; Liu CA provided writing assistance and proofread the article; Chiu NC was involved in data interpretation; Chiu NC, Chiou YY, Chou YH, and Chang CY contributed to the discussion regarding the manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Chien-An Liu, MD, Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, No. 201 Shih-Pai Road, Sec. 2, Taipei City 11217, Taiwan.
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Received: December 2, 2014
Peer-review started: December 3, 2014
First decision: January 8, 2015
Revised: February 6, 2015
Accepted: April 9, 2015
Article in press: April 9, 2015
Published online: July 14, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Phlebosclerotic colitis, which is almost exclusively observed in the Asian population, is a rare condition of ischemic colitis associated with the sclerosis and calcification of the mesenteric venous wall, resulting in the preferential involvement of the right hemicolon and complications during a relatively chronic clinical course. We reviewed the medical records and examined the correlation between the severity of venous calcifications and the clinical symptoms of phlebosclerotic colitis observed on computed tomography images. According to our findings, the extent of mesenteric venous calcifications strongly positively correlates with the number of episodes of active disease.