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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

Print version ISSN 1130-0108

Rev. esp. enferm. dig. vol.108 n.12 Madrid Dec. 2016




Jejunitis secondary to Duodopa® probe, a different complication

Yeyunitis secundaria a sonda de Duodopa®, una complicación diferente



Marta Magaz-Martínez, José Luis Martínez-Porras, Borja Oliva and Luis Abreu

Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department. Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro. Majadahonda. Madrid, Spain



Case report

We present the case of a 68-year-old woman with advanced Parkinson's disease, with treatment via Duodopa® pump therapy (levodopa/carbidopa) for two years. She presented with abdominal pain for a week. The abdominal CT showed a distension of proximal-intermediate jejunum loops, associating trabeculation of mesenteric fat.

We performed an enteroscopy until the proximal jejunum, which showed ulcerated bedsores due to decubitus in the path of the probe (Fig. 1), aiming the probe rod (Fig. 2), without reaching its distal end due to large angulation. Upon removal of the internal probe, we observed at its end the presence of material compatible with phytobezoar (Fig. 3), which prevents their extraction by the stoma performed orally. A new internal probe was placed into the second duodenal portion (free of injuries). The patient was treated with prophylactic antibiotic therapy with good results.






Treatment with continuous infusion of intraduodenal Duodopa® is indicated in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who have not responded to conventional treatment. Most complications are similar to a conventional gastrostomy probe. The phytobezoar detected in our case is rare and may be associated with cases of intestinal hypomotility; in fact, it is not uncommon for patients with Parkinson's disease to take prokinetics, which, in the event of bezoar, aggravates the situation (since it generates aggressive peristalsis). Furthermore, this case presented ulcerated jejunal mucosa due to two different reasons (the probe was taut, and the decubitus bezoar). A CT scan three months later showed complete resolution of the initial changes.



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