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Am J Gastroenterol. 1996 Apr;91(4):804-5.

Eosinophilic gastroenteritis presenting as a giant gastric ulcer.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.


We describe a 43-yr-old female with a giant gastric ulcer, refractory to medical treatment, that ultimately proved to be due to the mural form of eosinophilic gastroenteritis. The patient presented with a 6-month history of abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Endoscopy showed a giant gastric ulcer, and biopsies revealed only chronic active ulcerative inflammation. The ulcer progressed on omeprazole therapy; therefore, a distal antrectomy with gastrojejunal anastomosis and bilateral vagotomy was performed. Pathology of the surgical specimen demonstrated the mural form of eosinophilic gastritis. To the best of our knowledge, this case is the first to demonstrate that refractory giant gastric ulcers may be a manifestation of the mural form of eosinophilic gastroenteritis.

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