Idelalisib: a rare cause of enterocolitis

Authors Harika Balagoni, Dhara Chaudhari, Chakradhar Reddy, Mark Young.


Idelalisib is an oral, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase delta (PI3Kδ) inhibitor, approved by FDA since July 2014 for the treatment of relapsed follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Data from three phases of the study involving idelalisib demonstrate diarrhea (47%) to be the common adverse effect. The other side effects are pyrexia (28%), fatigue (30%), nausea (29%), cough (29%), pneumonia (25%), abdominal pain (26%) and rash (21%). The characteristic histological findings of idelalisib colitis include intraepithelial lymphocytosis, neutrophilic cryptitis and epithelial cell apoptosis within the crypts. Histological findings help differentiate among other causes of diarrhea and entero-colitis. We present a female patient with recurrent follicular lymphoma treated with idelalisib and presented with diarrhea. She was found to have entero-colitis and was treated successfully with drug discontinuation and prednisone.

Keywords Idelalisib, enterocolitis, diarrhea

Ann Gastroenterol 2016; 29 (2): 233-235


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