Failure to Thrive Associated with Chronic Ulcer Disease in a 9‐Year‐Old Boy

Keith J. Benkov, Naum Becker, Judith Rose, Susan Shen, Neal S. LeLeiko

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Chronic peptic ulcer disease is not generally considered to cause failure to thrive. We are reporting a 9‐year‐old child who suffered from chronic recurrent abdominal pain and failure to thrive. Investigation revealed that the child also had bacterial overgrowth and evidence of malabsorption. These findings were considered to he due to chronic peptic ulcer disease which caused intermittent small bowel obstruction and gastric outlet obstruction. Successful treatment of the ulcer alone resulted in catch‐up growth and an end to the chronic recurrent pain. Recurrent abdominal pain when associated with atypical features or failure to thrive should be adequately investigated. Although rare, chronic peptic ulcer disease with its sequelae should be considered In the differential diagnosis of failure to thrive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-546
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1985


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