She was only 12 yr old . went out for christmas break with family in a nearby resort
but had to be hospitalised due to severe abdominal pain.
Was kept on symptomatic treatment and was being investigated thoroughly as the pain was recurrent.
The only clue in investigations was significant eosinophilia and Ascites.
All the common causes of ascites were ruled out .
Ascitic fluid was tapped which revealed significant eosinophils in ascitic fluid.
Endoscopy was normal .
She was treated with steroids to which she responded.
Three months later she again developed pain abdomen with bleeding per rectum.
She was hospitalised as ultrasoung examination revealed ascites progressing rapidly.
Ascitic fluid was full of eosinophils,
Colonoscopy was done with biopsies at all levels.
Colon , cecum , ileum , rectum at various levels revealed significant eosinophilic infiltration
EOSINOPHILIC GASTROENTERITIS is a well known entity though is very rare.
She was investigated further for food allergy which revealed SIgE raised for Fish and ST also positive for fish.
History revealed that during both episodes she had consumed fish .
She was treated with steroids but was instructed to avoid all sea food strictly .
She is symptom free for past 7 months.
It does not mean that FISH or sea Foods are bad but it simply means that one mans food can be another ones poison . ROLE of FOOD ALLERGY testing in difficult situations is highlighted here.