Clinicopathological features of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug-induced small intestinal strictures

Gastroenterology. 1988 Apr;94(4):1070-4. doi: 10.1016/0016-5085(88)90568-9.


The clinicopathological features in 4 patients are described where nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs appear to have caused small intestinal strictures. Two patients had rheumatoid arthritis and 2 patients had osteoarthritis; all had received nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs for 1.5-30 yr. Three patients had an initial illness characterized by diarrhea, profound weight loss, and hypoalbuminemia. Intestinal radiology at this stage ranged from subtle changes to those of Crohn's disease. Three patients underwent surgery. At operation the bland external appearance contrasted with the striking mucosal appearances of multiple concentric, circumferential, diaphragmatic strictures that caused luminal stenosis to a pinhole. These septa were due to submucosal fibrosis and the histopathological picture appears to represent a new nosological entity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / adverse effects*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Constriction, Pathologic / chemically induced
  • Constriction, Pathologic / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ileal Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Ileal Diseases / pathology
  • Ileum / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Time Factors


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal