What Is Chronic Ulcerative Jejunitis?
Chronic ulcerative jejunitis is a disease of the small intestine that is characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the mucosal lining of the jejunum.
Q: How do inflammation and ulceration affect digestion in the jejunum?
A: Inflammation swells the lining and this impairs absorption of nutrients. Together with ulceration the inflamed and swollen jejunum hampers peristalsis, or the rhythmic movement of food by intestinal muscles.
Impaired peristalsis promotes constipation and/or diarrhea. Bacterial overgrowth may develop. Ulcerations may bleed which could cause the development of iron deficiency anemia.
What Is Chronic Ulcerative Jejunitis In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?
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Sigman T, Nguyen VH, Costea F, Sant’Anna A, Seidman EG. Ulcerative jejunitis in a child with celiac disease. BMC Gastroenterol. 2014 Feb 13;14:29. doi: 10.1186/1471-230X-14-29. ↩