Intractable infant diarrhea with epithelial dysplasia associated with polymalformation.

Service de Gastroenterologie Pédiatrique, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris, France.
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (Impact Factor: 2.2). 10/1998; 27(3):348-52.
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  • American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 01/2010; 152A(1):222-4. · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Children with chronic intestinal failure (IF) treated with long-term parenteral nutrition (PN) may present with low bone mineral density (BMD). The cause may reflect small body size or suboptimal bone mineralization. OBJECTIVE: We assessed growth and bone health in children with severe IF. DESIGN: Height, weight, and fracture history were recorded. The lumbar spine bone mass was measured in 45 consecutive patients (24 male subjects) aged 5-17 y receiving PN for a median of 5 y. BMD and bone mineral apparent density (BMAD) [ie, adjusted-for-height SD scores (SDSs)] were calculated. RESULTS: Diagnoses were short bowel syndrome in 12 patients (27%), intestinal enteropathy in 20 patients (44%), and motility disorder in 13 patients (29%). Mean (±SD) weight, height, and body mass index SDSs were -0.8 ± 1.3, -1.80 ± 1.5, and 0.4 ± 1.3, respectively. The height SDS was less than -2 in 23 children (50%). Patients with enteropathy or intestinal mucosal inflammation (associated with dysmotility or short bowel) were significantly shorter than patients without enteropathy (P = 0.007). The BMD SDS was -1.7 ± 1.6, and the BMAD SDS was -1.4 ± 1.5, independent of primary diagnosis or mucosal inflammation. Nineteen patients (42%) had low BMD (SDS less than -2.0) and 14 patients (31%) had low BMAD. In 25 patients studied at 1-2-y intervals, the BMD SDS fell significantly with time, whereas BMAD declined less, which suggested that a poor bone mineral accretion reflected poor growth. A total of 11 of 37 patients (24%) had nonpathologic fractures (P = 0.3 compared with the general population). CONCLUSIONS: Approximately 50% of children were short, and one-third of children had low BMD and BMAD. Children with enteropathy or intestinal mucosal inflammation are at greatest risk of growth failure. Close nutritional monitoring and bespoke PN should maximize the potential for growth and bone mass.
    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 04/2013; · 6.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tufting enteropathy is a rare autosomal recessive disorder presenting with early-onset severe intractable diarrhea. The epithelial cell adhesion molecule gene (EpCAM) has recently been identified as the gene responsible for tufting enteropathy. Based on histology, a diagnosis of tufting enteropathy was made in two Korean siblings. They developed chronic diarrhea and failure to thrive. They had a broad nasal bridge and micrognathia. Duodenal and colonic biopsies showed villous atrophy, disorganization of surface enterocytes, and focal crowding resembling tufts. Protracted diarrhea continued and so cyclic parenteral nutrition was supplied. The sister had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Mutation analysis of EpCAM identified two compound heterozygous mutations in these siblings: 1) a donor splicing site mutation in intron 5 (c.491+1G>A) and 2) a novel nonsense mutation in exon 3 (c.316A>T, Lys106X). Analysis of EpCAM will be useful for genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis of tufting enteropathy.
    Gut and liver 09/2010; 4(3):407-10. · 1.31 Impact Factor