Small intestine diverticulosis is a rare entity that is asymptomatic in the majority of cases. However, it may cause serious complications, such as infection, hemorrhage, intestinal obstruction and diverticulitis. Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) in sorbitol has been associated with colonic necrosis and less frequently with upper gastrointestinal injuries in a subset of uremic patients treated for hyperkalemia. We report a case of jejunal diverticulosis with mucosal injury and diverticulitis in a uremic patient treated with Kayexalate and discuss the potential role of Kayexalate in the pathogenesis of diverticulitis.
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Published online: December 4, 2007
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Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Vol. 1, No. 1, Year 2007 (Cover Date: December 2007)
Journal Editor: Urrutia, R. (Rochester, Minn.)
ISSN: NIL (print), 1662–0631 (Online)
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