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Digestion. 1999 Jul-Aug;60(4):358-62.

Successful symptomatic management of a patient with Ménétrier's disease with long-term antibiotic treatment.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine I, University of Vienna, Austria.


We present the case of a 79-year-old female patient with criteria typical for Ménétrier's disease, i.e. enlargement of the gastric folds due to foveolar hyperplasia associated with severe protein-loss along with epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting and weight loss. Gastrin levels were within the normal range, but elevated Helicobacter pylori antibody titers (83 microg/ml) were indicative of a recent infection. Histologic examination of a gastric polyp, which was removed in toto, revealed the presence of early gastric cancer of the mucosal type. After initiation of antibiotic treatment with clarithromycin (3 x 250 mg/day) and metronidazole (2 x 500 mg/day) in combination with lansoprazole (30 mg/day), the patient's condition improved rapidly along with abrogation of protein loss. Under maintenance treatment as indicated above, the patient has been free of symptoms now for a period of more than 2 years. On repetitive endoscopic follow-up, there was no change in gastric mucosa morphology either endoscopically or histologically, and also no evidence of recurrence of a malignant lesion. We conclude that this therapeutic regimen represented an effective alternative to surgical intervention in this patient and should be considered in similar cases.

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