EOSINOPHILIC GASTRITIS; AN UNUSUAL AND OVERLOOKED CAUSE OF CHRONIC ABDOMINAL PAIN

Authors

  • Muhammad Ayyub
  • Lubna Almenawi
  • Mohammad Hussain Mogharbel

Abstract

Eosinophilic gastritis is an extremely rare disorder. The disease is associated with eosinophilicinfiltration of various layers of gastrointestinal tract along with significant peripheral eosinophiliaand increased Immunoglobulin E (IgE). We report a case of 37 year old Saudi male who presentedwith chronic non-specific upper abdominal pain. On initial workup, the diagnosis was missed.However the diagnosis was established after subsequent work up in Gastroenterology clinic. Ourcase demonstrates that patients with uncharacteristic abdominal pain who are unresponsive toconventional treatment, rare illnesses like eosinophilic gastritis should be considered. We also aimto review the clinicopathological features, differential diagnosis and various treatment options ofthis disorder. To the best of our knowledge, this disease has not been previously reported fromSaudi Arabia.Keywords: Eosinophilic Gastritis; Eosinophilia; Atopy; Food Allergy; Bronchial Asthma; Abdominal pain

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