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Bilateral pulmonary embolism and pulmonary infarctions in active ulcerative colitis
  1. Brittany Bromfield1 and
  2. Marc Schwartz2
  1. 1Internal Medicine, UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brittany Bromfield; bromfieldbb{at}


Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) and they primarily involve the intestines and confer an increased risk of thromboembolism (TE). Here we report a case of a young man with active ulcerative colitis (UC) who presented with shortness of breath and syncope. He was found on imaging to have an extensive bilateral pulmonary embolism (PE) and right heart strain with associated pulmonary infarctions. The patient was initially managed with a heparin infusion and subsequently transitioned to a direct acting oral anticoagulant (DOAC) with clinical improvement in his symptoms.

  • gastrointestinal system
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • drugs: gastrointestinal system
  • pulmonary embolism

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  • Contributors BB conceptualised, drafted manuscript and created figures. MS revised the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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