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S Afr Med J. 1977 Nov 12;52(21):838-41.

Immunological studies of eosinophilic gastro-enteritis and treatment with disodium cromoglycate and beclomethasone dipropionate.


A 45-year-old woman with intestinal malabsorption due to eosinophilic gastro-enteritis was found to have markedly fluctuating total serum IgE levels with a positive intradermal skin test and a positive radio-allergosorbent test to milk antigen. No organ-specific or non-organ-specific auto-antibodies were detected in the patient's serum, and her complement profile was normal. Low doses of disodium cromoglycate failed to improve intestinal absorption, whereas a 16-day course of a corticosteroid, beclomethasone dipropionate 3 mg daily, improved D-xylose and carotene absorption without suppressing the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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