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Pediatr Gastroenterol Hepatol Nutr. 2015 Jun;18(2):128-33. doi: 10.5223/pghn.2015.18.2.128. Epub 2015 Jun 29.

A Case of Visceral Autonomic Neuropathy Complicated by Guillain-Barre Syndrome Accompanied with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome-like Disorder in a Child.

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1
Department of Pediatrics, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
2
Department of Pediatrics, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

We present a case of an 8-year-old boy with visceral autonomic neuropathy complicated by Guillain-Barre syndrome. In this pediatric patient, gastroparesis was the major symptom among the autonomic symptoms. Due to the gastroparesis, there was no progress with the oral diet, and nutrition was therefore supplied through a nasojejunal tube and gastrojejunal tube via Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). After tube feeding for 9 months, the patient's gastrointestinal symptoms improved and his oral ingestion increased. The pediatric patient was maintained well without gastrointestinal symptoms for 3 months after removal of the PEG, had repeated vomiting episodes which lead to the suspicion of cyclic vomiting syndrome. Then he started treatment with low-dose amitriptyline, which resulted in improvement. Currently, the patient has been maintained well for 6 months without recurrence, and his present growth status is normal.

KEYWORDS:

Child; Cyclical vomiting syndrome; Dysautonomia; Gastroparesis; Guillain-Barre syndrome

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