Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor 2017-2019

 

Editor-in-Chief:

Tom MOREELS

 

Deputy Editor:

Nicolas LANTHIER

 

Case reports



Idiopathic acute eosinophilic hepatitis : does it exists ?


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Until now, “eosinophilic hepatitis” has not been recognized as a separate disease entity. We report a case of a middle-aged women with an acute febrile, severe cholestatic hepatitis accompanied with rash and quincke oedema, and an elevated serum IgE level. Liver biopsy showed lymphocytic inflammation with a remarkably high number of eosinophils. She responded rapidly to methylprednisolone treatment, which could be quickly tapered off and stopped without relapse. The term ‘idiopathic acute eosinophilic hepatitis’ seems to be the best fitting diagnostic term. (Acta gastroenterol. belg., 2015, 78, 65-68). [Product Details...]



IgG4-related cholangitis : Case report and literature review


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with jaundice, elevated cholestatic liver enzymes, an extreme weight loss and a midcholedochal stricture very suspect for a cholangiocarcinoma. In the conviction of malignancy, although the absence of anatomopathological prove, the patient underwent a choledochal resection. The anatomopathological specimen revealed no malignancy. In the year following resection, the patient keeps presenting with bile duct strictures and further weight loss. Ultimately the diagnosis of Ig G4-related cholangitis is withheld. Therapy with corticosteroids is initiated with a spectacular clinical, biochemical and radiographical result. Discussion : IgG4-related cholangitis is the biliary presentation of IgG4-related disease, a recently discovered entity of fibroinflammatory masses which can affect virtually every organ in the body. It is characterized by a dense lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate, storiform fibrosis, obliterative phlebitis and a presence of > 30 IgG4- positive plasma cells per high power field. Main differential diagnosis contains cholangiocarcinoma and primary sclerosing cholangitis. Corticoids are cornerstone of therapy, with azathioprine frequently used as a maintenance in case of relapse. Conclusion : With this case we want to draw the attention to a rather uncommon cause of biliary obstruction, easily mistaken for a cholangiocarcinoma. (Acta gastroenterol. belg., 2015, 78, 62-64). [Product Details...]



Solitary cavernous lymphangioma of the duodenum : a case report


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the gastrointestinal tract. In this case report, we describe the case of a 39-year-old Lebanese female with cystic lymphangioma of the duodenum diagnosed by exploratory laparotomy and immunohistochemical analysis. Herein our findings are described. (Acta gastroenterol. belg., 2015, 78, 60-61). [Product Details...]


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