Cytomegalovirus-induced colonic stricture presenting as acute intestinal obstruction in an immunocompetent adult

B. V. Dinesh, Karthikeyan Selvaraju, Sampath Kumar, Sumath Thota

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection causes siginificant morbidty and mortality in immunopromised patients. Though it is usually silent in immunocompetent adults, rarely it can cause serious life-threatening complications. Gastrointestinal tract is one of the commonly involved organs, where it produces a spectrum of clinical manifestation ranging from mild non-specific abdominal pain and diarrhoea to severe infection with toxic megacolon and death. We present a 65-year-old immunocompetent male patient admitted with acute colonic obstruction secondary to CMV-induced colonic stricture, highlighting the importance of considering it as a differential diagnosis for colonic obstruction and reviewing its management.

Original languageEnglish
Article number200944
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 10-09-2013


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