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20-year old woman with diarrhea of unknown etiology

20-year old woman with diarrhea of unknown etiology

Der Internist 47(3): 287

We report on a 20-year old woman who suffered from watery diarrhea. The results of the histology and the serology as well as clinical symptoms lead us to the diagnosis of sprue. Under specific gluten-free diet the diarrhea frequency was reduced. After a few weeks the patient returned to hospital again because of watery diarrhea. Histological examination of duodenal biopsy specimen showed a protracted infectious duodenitis and a secondary villous flattening of the small bowel. This diagnosis was a life-threatening illness that needed antibiotic treatment. These patients receive parenteral nutrition as long as the villous have not been recovered from the flattening. Additionally octreotid can be given to reduce the frequency of the diarrhea.

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DOI: 10.1007/s00108-005-1546-y

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