Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder presenting as intractable vomiting and ascites in a young girl

Ji Yoon Kwon, Ji Sun Huh, Bo Kyung Je, Kwang Dae Hong, Jee Hyun Lee

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    Abstract

    Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) is a rare disease in children that affects the bowel wall, with eosinophilic infiltration in the absence of any other causes for eosinophilia. The etiology remains unknown, but allergies and immunological imbalance are suspected triggers. We encountered a case of serosal EGID presenting as intractable vomiting and ascites in a 9-year-old girl, after influenza virus infection. Peripheral eosinophilia was not present. The diagnosis was confirmed by biopsy of the bowel wall through laparotomy and endoscopy, and controlled by 2 courses of steroid therapy due to recurring symptoms. Influenza virus infection was assumed to play a role in the onset of EGID through a Th2 response that stimulated eosinophilic infiltration in the GI tract. We therefore report this case along with a literature review.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number198
    JournalPediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • Eosinophilic enteropathy
    • Influenza A viruses
    • Serous membrane

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Hepatology
    • Gastroenterology

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