Outcome of infants presenting rectal bleeding: A retrospective study in a single institution

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Background:Although rectal bleeding in infancy (RBI) is not a rare phenomenon, the clinical course of RBI is not fully understood.Methods:To investigate the outcome and pathogenesis of RBI, especially when concomitant with food-protein-induced proctocolitis (FPIP) and neonatal transient eosinophilic colitis (NTEC), 22 neonates with rectal bleeding with FPIP and NTEC from January 2008 to June 2012 were enrolled and their clinical course and mechanisms of inflammation were examined.Results:Thirteen infants showed rectal bleeding after feeding and were diagnosed with FPIP, and nine infants showed rectal bleeding before feeding and were diagnosed with NTEC. Elevated peripheral white blood cell (12 685 ± 3754/μl and 30 978 ± 16 166/μl) and eosinophil (1084 ± 816/μl and 4456 ± 3341/μl) were confirmed in FPIP and NTEC, respectively. Colonoscopy revealed nodular lymphoid hyperplasia, a pale mucosal surface and oozing with diffuse infiltration of neutrophils, lymphocytes, and eosinophils in both groups. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed enhanced expression of the interleukin-6, CCL11, and CXCL13 genes, where CXCL13 expression was more prominent in FPIP. Mucosal infiltration by CD3- and immunoglobulin-A- but not immunoglobulin-E-positive cells was confirmed. Among them, only one infant with FPIP developed milk allergy, whereas none with NTEC had developed milk allergy at the age of 1 year.Conclusions:FPIP in infancy and NTEC are similar diseases and interleukin-6, CCL11, and CXCL13 may play a major role in the pathogenesis of rectal bleeding. Although the involvement of allergic reaction is possible, milk allergy was not a common outcome after 1 year of follow up.

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