Eosinophilic gastroenteritis presenting as tense ascites and ileal subobstruction

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Eosinophilic gastroenteritis presenting as tense ascites and ileal subobstruction (EN)

G. Minopoulos, G. Kartalis, .
Th. Leptidou, S. Mavropoulou, V. Dalla, K. Ritis, E. Tsivara,, K. Mimidis, S. Kotsiou,

SUMMARY Eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE) is a rare condition of unknown aetiology characterized by peripheral eosinophilia, eosinophilic infiltration of the gastrointestinal tract, and abnormalities of gastrointestinal function. We recently treated a young man affected by eosinophilic infiltration extending from his stomach to his ileum and presenting as tense eosinophilic ascites and ileal subobstruction. We diagnosed him as a case of a diffuse infiltrative type of eosinophilic gastroenteritis with subserosal involvement, essential to obtain eosinophilic ascites. When given oral steroids, the patient’s condition improved and he was discharged without symptoms. This report adds to the scarce data on sub-serosal involvement, the rarest form of presentation, and illustrates that EGE complicated by ascites can be effectively treated with steroids after other systemic disorders associated with peripheral eosinophilia have been ruled out. Key words: Eosinophilic gastroenteritis, ascites, abdominal pain (EN)




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Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 15, No 2 (2002) (EN)

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