Korean J Asthma Allergy Clin Immunol.  2012 Jun;32(2):122-125.

Eosionophilic Colitis as an Unusual Cause of Chronic Diarrhea

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is an uncommon condition characterized by focal or diffuse eosinophilic infiltration of the gastrointestinal tract. It is usually associated with non-specific gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal distension. CASE HISTORY: We present a case of eosinophilic colitis with normal-appearing colonic mucosa as an unusual cause of chronic watery diarrhea.
RESULTS
It can be overlooked by gastroenterologists because the incidence of eosinophilic colitis is very rare and normal- appearing colonic mucosa is frequently observed in patients with eosinophilic colitis.
CONCLUSION
Endoscopic biopsy should not hesitate to perform be considered when colonic mucosa appears to be normal but we cannot rule out eosinophilic colitis which responds well to steroid therapy.


MeSH Terms

Abdominal Pain
Biopsy
Colitis
Colon
Diarrhea
Endoscopy
Enteritis
Eosinophilia
Eosinophils
Gastritis
Gastroenteritis
Gastrointestinal Tract
Humans
Incidence
Mucous Membrane
Nausea
Vomiting
Weight Loss
Enteritis
Eosinophilia
Gastritis
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