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March 1963

Severe Intestinal Reaction Following Ingestion of Rice

Author Affiliations

Capt Roger A. Ikola, MC, USA, 921 N. Main St., Ishpeming, Mich.; Pediatric Service, Walson Army Hospital, Fort Dix, N.J.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(3):281-284. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040283010

An infant with a severe gastrointestinal reaction to ingested rice was seen and studied. Many observers have concluded that rice does not contain the deleterious agent responsible for celiac disease and therefore include it in the celiac diet.1-5 Severe reactions to rice simulating a celiac crisis have not been reported. Although rice has been implicated as a cause of minor gastrointestinal allergy,6 it is considered a relatively nonallergenic food. It is for these reasons that the following case is of interest.

Report of Case  History.—This infant boy weighed 7 lb. 2 oz. (about 3,232 gm.) at birth following an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery. He did well until age 4½ weeks at which time he began having frequent watery stools. These symptoms coincided with the onset of feeding of rice cereal. The day before and the day of admission to the hospital the child was vomiting and continuously

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