Small bowel (small intestine)
Inflammatory disorders
Autoimmune enteropathy

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 12 February 2018, last major update August 2012

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PubMed Search: Autoimmune enteropathy small bowel

Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Autoimmune enteropathy. website. Accessed October 19th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Severe and intractable watery diarrhea syndrome in infants associated with antibodies to intestinal epithelial cells
  • Includes IPEX syndrome, an X linked recessive disorder due to mutations in FOXP3 gene (Mod Pathol 2009;22:95)
  • Usually requires total parenteral nutrition
  • Similar condition in adults associated with variable immunodeficiency and type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hemolytic anemia
  • Immunosuppressive agents
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Variable villus abnormality, few intraepithelial lymphocytes
  • May have colitis, increased expression of MHC class II antigens