Tracheobronchial involvement with Crohn's disease

Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2001 Dec;13(12):1495-7. doi: 10.1097/00042737-200112000-00015.


We report the case of a young woman with Crohn's disease of the bowel who presented with a purulent tracheobronchitis and life-threatening upper airway obstruction. Fibreoptic bronchoscopy demonstrated severe tracheal and upper bronchial pseudotumours and stenosis. The role of recent discontinuation of corticosteroids, for quiescent inflammatory bowel disease, in the development of endobronchial disease and the dramatic response in airway patency after reintroduction of prednisolone in this rare complication of Crohn's disease are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bronchitis / drug therapy
  • Bronchitis / etiology*
  • Bronchitis / physiopathology
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Crohn Disease / complications*
  • Crohn Disease / drug therapy
  • Crohn Disease / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Prednisolone / therapeutic use
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Tracheitis / drug therapy
  • Tracheitis / etiology*
  • Tracheitis / physiopathology


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Prednisolone