Recurrent cholestasis and hypereosinophilia in a young female

R. Pometta, F. Callea, M. Mangano, E. Zuccoli, D. Conte

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A 22-year-old female presented, in December 1998, with asthenia, itching and hypereosinophilia. In January 1997, due to the same clinical picture, the patient had inappropriately been diagnosed elsewhere to have an ″idiopathic eosinophilic syndrome″ and complete remission was obtained after short-term steroid treatment. Upon admission, physical examination was negative and blood tests revealed absolute eosinophilia (42%, i.e., 3800 of 9600 white blood cells), aspartate aminotransferase 4 x upper limits of normal, alanine aminotransferase 5 x upper limits of normal and alkaline phosphatase 2 x upper limits of normal. Both liver biopsy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography findings were totally consistent with primary sclerosing cholangitis, while all known causes of hypereosinophilia and alteration in liver function tests were carefully excluded. The clinical course was characterized by complete clinical and biochemical normalization in absence of any treatment and further follow-up was completely negative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-633
Number of pages4
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Cholestasis
  • Eosinophilia
  • Sclerosing cholangitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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