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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108


CORDOVA GUEVARA, H.  y  GUARNER AGUILAR, L.. Effective treatment of common variable immunodeficiency associated diarrhea. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2009, vol.101, n.3, pp.215-217. ISSN 1130-0108.

Common variable immunodeficiency disorder (CVID), the commonest symptomatic primary antibody deficiency syndrome, is characterised by recurrent bacterial infections, particularly of the upper and lower airways; it is also associated with an increased incidence of autoimmune and neoplastic disorders. CVID has a high prevalence of infectious, inflammatory and neoplastic gastrointestinal diseases. Up to 60% of the patients with non-treated CVID develop diarrhea and 10% associated idiopathic malabsorption with weight loss. The case of a 50-year-old woman with CVID-associated diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating of one year's duration is reported. An exhaustive evaluation made for secondary causes of her symptoms was unrevealing; she was treated with loperamide and diet, without improvement. She later followed a course of oral budesonide for 3 months; her clinical symptoms disappeared and her quality of life improved. In conclusion, we report the case of a patient with CVID-related chronic diarrhea who responded well to oral budesonide treatment. This outcome provides the gastroenterologist with a new therapeutic option in this difficult group of patients.

Palabras clave : Common variable immunodeficiency; Diarrhea.

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