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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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BUSONI, Verónica B. et al. Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy: a pediatric series. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2011, vol.109, n.1, pp.68-73. ISSN 0325-0075.

Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy (EoG) is an uncommon disease characterized by eosinophilic infiltration of the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa. A chart review was performed searching for patients diagnosed between 2000 and 2010. EoG was diagnosed based on mucosal infiltration of 20 or more eosinophils/HPF in upper GI tract and more than 60 eosinophils/HPF in lower GI tract. Ten patients [median age: 10 mo. (r 2 mo.- 10 yr.)], 9 males, were diagnosed. Four presented with severe protracted diarrhea and weight loss, 2/10 abdominal distention and weight loss and 4/10 protein-losing enteropathy. Exclusive elemental or hypoallergenic diets were administered depending on the age of presentation with remission achieved in 4/10. Six required methylprednisolone to induce remission, 5 are still on budesonide. Due to the emergence of many cases of EoG in the last decade, we should increase our level of suspicion. Multicenter studies could contribute to define the best therapeutic approach for these patients.

Keywords : Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy; Proteinlosing enteropathy; Diarrhea; Malnutrition.

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