Ann Coloproctol.  2020 Aug;36(4):281-284. 10.3393/ac.2018.10.01.1.

Small Bowel Perforation Associated With Gastrointestinal Graft-Versus-Host Disease and Cytomegalovirus Enteritis in a Patient With Leukemia: A Case Report With Literature Review

  • 1Center for Colorectal Cancer, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea
  • 2Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Gastrointestinal graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common complication after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Concomitant cytomegalovirus (CMV) enteritis worsens the prognosis of this condition. We report a case of small bowel perforation associated with gastrointestinal GVHD and CMV enteritis in a patient with leukemia who was successfully treated surgically. A 39-year-old man presented with intestinal perforation necessitating emergency surgical intervention. He was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and developed severe gastrointestinal GVHD and CMV enteritis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. His terminal ileum showed a perforation with diffuse wall thinning, and petechiae were observed over long segments of the distal ileum and the proximal colon. Small bowel segmental resection and a subtotal colectomy with a double-barreled ileocolostomy were performed. The patient recovered uneventfully after the operation. Based on reports described in the literature, surgery plays a minor role in the management of gastrointestinal GVHD; however, timely surgical intervention could be effective in selected patients.


Graft vs host disease; Intestinal perforation; Surgical procedures
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