We describe the case of a child with Schönlein-Henoch purpura (SHP), bleeding duodenal ulcer and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) associated gastritis. 5-year-old girl was hospitalized with typical symptoms of SHP. On the third day, the child has several episodes of hematemesis with bright red blood, accompanied by increased pain of the epigastric region. Gastroduodenal endoscopy revealed signs of atrophic gastritis in the antrum, duodenitis with diffuse petechiae, small erosions and bleeding ulcer. The gastric biopsy showed a moderately severe chronic gastritis with activity and H. pylori was detected. The therapy with ranitidine, metronidazole and amoxycillin was introduced for a period of 30 days. At follow-up 2 months later, clinical examination and routine laboratory tests were normal. A repeated endoscopy revealed no evidence of lesions and H. pylori negative gastric biopsy. In our case, the associated chronic antral gastritis and H. pylori infection may well have aggravated the gastrointestinal symptoms of SHP. We feel it would be useful to check for H. pylori in patients with gastrointestinal manifestations of SHP, such as bleeding and important epigastric pain.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health