Chronic eosinophilic ascites in a very young child

Arrigo Vittorio Barabino, Emanuela Castellano, Paolo Gandullia, Franco Torrente, Alessandra Guida, Gian Michele Magnano

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A case of chronic eosinophilic ascites with onset in early infancy is described. An intensive diagnostic work-up ruled out other known causes of ascites in childhood. The final diagnosis was made at 2 years of age when a large number of eosinophils was detected in the ascitic fluid. The outcome was complicated by an ex vacuo intraperitoneal haemorrhage. Steroids were able to control the disease only after complete aspiration (1600 ml) of the ascitic fluid. On discontinuation of treatment, peritoneal inflammation recurred indicating steroid-dependency. Conclusion: Eosinophilic ascites, a very rare disorder in children, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of even very young children presenting with ascites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-668
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2003


  • Childhood
  • Eosinophilic ascites
  • Eosinophilic gastroenteritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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