Inflammatory blowel disease (IBD) is a systemic disease that may involve the lung. Chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis are the most common respiratory diseases associated with IBD. Inhaled or systemic steroids lead to a significant clinical and functional improvement in IBD-related bronchiectasis. We present the case of a 33-year-old woman with severe ulcerative colitis who, following a total colectomy, developed bilateral bronchiectasis 1 week after surgery. Inhaled steroids treatment decreased the volume of expectorations and significantly improved bronchial obstruction. In spite of the relevent clinical and functional improvements obtained, no effect was observed on airway inflammation.
- Bronchial inflammation
- Ulcerative colitis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine