Keimyung Medical Journal, Vol.17(3) : 429-434, 1998
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is an uncommon disease of uncertain etiology characterized by eosinophilia in the peripheral blood and eosinophilic infiltrates in the bowel wall. Clinical features vary depending on which layers or regions of the gastrointestinal tract are mainly affected. Mucosal involvement causes malabsorption. protein-losing enteropathy and diarrhea. Infiltration of the muscle layer manifests gastric outlet or small bowel obstruction. Serosal involvement causes an exudative ascites rich in eosinophils. Eosinophilic gastroenteritis with ascites is a rare from of eosinophilic gastroenteritis. In this paper, we present a case of eosinophilic gastroenteritis with ascites demonstrating eosinophilia in the peripheral blood and eosinophilic infiltrates in the mucosal wall. The patient was successfully treated with steroid therapy. In addition to this case report, the several literatures on eosinophilic gastroentritis are reviewed.