Autoimmune Enteropathy

What is autoimmune enteropathy?

Autoimmune enteropathy is a rare disorder in which the immune system causes damage to the lining of the intestines. Symptoms can occur shortly after birth with poor growth as well as severe and long-lasting diarrhea. Babies can also have other symptoms, including rashes, blood sugar problems, and electrolyte imbalances.

The diagnosis can be made with a camera test (upper endoscopy or colonoscopy). Treatment includes medications that target the immune system.

At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), children with autoimmune enteropathy are evaluated and treated by doctors from the Division of Allergy and Immunology and the Division of Gastroenterology (GI), Hepatology and Nutrition.