Villous atrophy is a type of permanent intestinal damage that can occur in Benicar patients with sprue-like enteropathy. Over 1,500 lawsuits accuse drug-makers of downplaying these severe side effects.
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Benicar and Villous Atrophy
Benicar (olmesartan) is a blood pressure drug that has been on the market since 2002. Its side effects include sprue-like enteropathy, a disease that mimics symptoms of Celiac disease (also known as “sprue”). Both conditions can cause villous atrophy.
In 2012, Mayo Clinic researchers published 22 case reports of sprue-like enteropathy in Benicar patients. In 2013, the FDA issued a Safety Warning and said there was “clear evidence” linking Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy.
Villous Atrophy Lawsuits
Over 1,500 lawsuits have been filed by people who had sprue-like enteropathy after taking Benicar. Many of them developed villous atrophy because they were misdiagnosed with Celiac disease and suffered chronic diarrhea for months or even years.
What is Villous Atrophy?
The small intestines contain small finger-like tissues called villi that absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream. Villous atrophy occurs when the villi erode away, leaving a flat surface in the intestines.
Stages of Villous Atrophy
The Marsh Score is a standard system for diagnosing intestinal damage. Villous atrophy occurs in the following stages:
- Marsh Stage 3: Large numbers of lymphocytes, depressions between villi are larger than normal, and villi are starting to shrink and flatten.
- Marsh Stage 4: Villi are completely flattened and patients have a higher risk of lymphoma.
What is the problem?
Chronic inflammation of intestinal villi can interfere with the absorption of nutrients and cause malnutrition. It is a common problem in people with Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, and sprue-like enteropathy.
How is Villous Atrophy Diagnosed?
The only way to diagnose villous atrophy is to look inside the small intestine with an endoscope. Your doctor may also need to take a small tissue sample (biopsy) and look at it more closely under a microscope.
Symptoms of Villous Atrophy
- Diarrhea (frequent, small, watery bowel movements)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, vomiting
- Abdominal pain
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