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Autoimmune Enteropathy in Children – Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Autoimmune enteropathy is a rare disorder that causes severe diarrhea in children, frequently to the point of requiring intravenous (IV) fluids. Additionally, it can impair a child’s capacity to absorb nutrients and vitamins. In the United States, this is a fairly uncommon ailment in youngsters.


When the body’s immune system attacks itself, it irritates or inflames the gut lining. Often, this is a condition limited to the gut or intestines; occasionally, the body attacks itself in other areas, such as the thyroid or other glands. There are numerous subtypes of autoimmune enteropathy. Numerous tests are required to determine which type your child may have.

Autoimmune enteropathy is frequently associated with other conditions such as diabetes and kidney failure.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Enteropathy

Diagnosis of Autoimmune Enteropathy

  • A doctor will ask about your child’s medical history and examine your child.
  • Special blood tests may be done to help with a diagnosis.
  • Your child may have a special test called an endoscopy. This test is done to look at the stomach and small intestines.

Treatment of Autoimmune Enteropathy

Typically, drugs that suppress the immune system are used to treat this condition. Children may require an individualized eating plan. Surgery is unnecessary.

These children may occasionally require IV feeding (intravenous nutrition). This provides them with the nourishment necessary for the growth and healing of the intestines.


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