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October 1976

Eosinophilic Infiltration of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery (Drs Jona and Belin), and the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics (Dr Burke), University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(10):1136-1139. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120110098015

• Three children had eosinophilic infiltration of the gastrointestinal tract. This entity has two forms—diffuse and circumscribed. The diffuse lesion is confined mainly to the gastric antrum. Surgical resection of this form is seldom necessary. Involvement of the appendix with this form has not been previously described. The polypoid lesion, which may arise in any segment of the gastrointestinal tract, commonly produces secondary gastrointestinal symptoms and is amenable to local surgical excision.

(Am J Dis Child 130:1136-1139, 1976)