Gold compounds, often used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, have been associated with gastrointestinal disturbances in some patients. Use of auranofin, an oral gold preparation, in a 50-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis resulted in diarrhea, abdominal tenderness, nausea, and vomiting, which persisted despite discontinuation of auranofin therapy. The presumptive diagnosis was gold-induced colitis and eosinophilia. Administration of cromolyn sodium provided relief. Although this complication may be rare, evolving bowel symptoms in patients receiving auranofin demand prompt attention.
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