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Gastroenterology. 1975 Aug;69(2):503-6.

Selective immunoglobulin a deficiency, ulcerative colitis, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy--a unique association.


A patient with selective immunoglobulin A deficiency, severe ulcerative colitis, and malabsorption had a flat jejunal mucosa demonstrated by peroral biopsy. Treatment at different times with a gluten-free diet for the jejunal lesion and corticosteroids for the ulcerative colitis, led to improvement of the malabsorption. A repeat jejunal biopsy demonstrated histological improvement of the jejunal mucosa, even though the colitis remained active. The occurrence of immunoglobulin A deficiency in a patient with ulcerative colitis and gluten-sensitive enteropathy is uncommon.

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