Postgrad Med J 78:498-499 doi:10.1136/pmj.78.922.498
  • Case report

Eosinophilic gastroenteritis mimicking pancreatic cancer

  1. V Christopher,
  2. M H Thompson,
  3. S Hughes
  1. Department of Gastrointestinal Medicine and Surgery, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr S Hughes, Southmead Hospital, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK;
  • Received 28 August 2001
  • Accepted 26 March 2002


Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a condition characterised by eosinophilic infiltration of the gastrointestinal tract. Biliary obstruction is an unusual presentation. A case where the initial investigations were consistent with carcinoma of the head of pancreas but the resection specimen showed no malignancy is presented. The diagnosis was suspected from a review of the patient’s past history and confirmed by re-examination of the histology.