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Vol. 80. Issue 2.
Pages 161-162 (April - June 2015)
Vol. 80. Issue 2.
Pages 161-162 (April - June 2015)
Clinical image in Gastroenterology
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Eosinophilic colitis: An unusual case
Colitis eosinofílica: un caso inusual
J.M. Remes-Trochea, A. Meixuiero-Dazab, G.R. Guevara-Moralesb,
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a Laboratorio de Fisiología Digestiva y Motilidad Gastrointestinal, Instituto de Investigaciones Médico-Biológicas, Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
b Unidad de Endoscopia, Instituto de Investigaciones Médico-Biológicas, Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
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Eosinophilic colitis is a disease characterized by a state of chronic intestinal inflammation. Its etiology is unknown and the pathology is little known and not often seen.1 Its mean presentation is in patients in the fourth decade of life, but it can manifest in patients up to the eighth decade of life. There are case reports in both children and persons of advanced age and on occasion the disease is associated with the presence of eosinophilic esophagitis or eosinophilic gastritis. Its clinical presentation is abdominal pain, diarrhea with or without blood, and weight loss. The habitual endoscopic findings can range from edema of the mucosa to aphthous ulcers. The case presented herein had atypical endoscopic images manifested by pseudopolypoid formations. Indicated treatment includes the use of 5-ASA, even steroids, azathioprine, or biologic therapy targeted at IL-5 and IgE.2 The histologic image indicated the presence of abundant eosinophils, confirming the diagnosis (fig. 1).

Figure 1.

A and B) the descending colon showing the inflammatory changes, edema of the mucosa, patchy erythema, pseudopolypoid formations, and vascular pattern loss. C) Lesion with a polypoid aspect in the sigmoid colon with loss of mucosal continuity, edema, and vasculature alteration. D) Photomicrography shows abundant eosinophils in the lamina propria, up to 70 per field at a high magnification.

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José María Remes Troche is a member of the Advisory Counsel of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Alfa-Wassermann, Almirall, and Janssen. He is also a Speaker for Nycomed-Takeda, Advance Medical, Endomedica, Astra-Zeneca, and Bristol-Myers-Squibb. Sanofi-Pasteur, Menarini, Asofarma, and Astra Zeneca provide Research support.

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Please cite this article as: Remes-Troche JM, Meixuiero-Daza A, Guevara-Morales GR. Colitis eosinofílica: un caso inusual. Revista de Gastroenterología de México. 2015;80:161–162.

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