A case of Cronkhite-Canada syndrome presenting with adenomatous and inflammatory colon polyps

Seth Sweetser, Glenn L. Alexander, Lisa A. Boardman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations


Background: A 72-year-old man was referred for evaluation of dysgeusia, diarrhea and anorexia. 3 months prior he began to experience taste changes, a decline in appetite and 3-7 loose, non-bloody stools per day. Nausea and lower abdominal cramping subsequently developed and he lost 22.68 kg in weight. His past medical history included atrial fibrillation treated with anticoagulation and digoxin. In the past, he had experienced markedly increased levels of triglycerides and was being treated for this condition with a lipid-lowering agent. There was no family history of colorectal neoplasia or IBD. He was a non-smoker and did not drink alcoholic beverages. Investigations: Medical history, physical examination, laboratory evaluation (including 72 h stool collection), upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and histologic analysis of biopsy samples.Diagnosis. Cronkhite-Canada syndrome. Management: Prednisone (40 mg orally once daily, eventually tapered to 10 mg orally once daily), a histamine-2-receptor blocker and oral micronutrient supplementation (iron, vitamins A, E and D and a multivitamin). Removal of all visible polyps from the anal verge to 25 cm endoscopically by snare polypectomy or with hot biopsy forceps, followed by subtotal colectomy with end-to-side ileorectostomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-464
Number of pages5
JournalNature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


Dive into the research topics of 'A case of Cronkhite-Canada syndrome presenting with adenomatous and inflammatory colon polyps'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this