A fatal eosinophilic process in a Laotian refugee

M. S. Cohen, P. F. Jaques, S. D. Wall, David Walker

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A 17-year-old Laotian refugee developed an ultimately fatal disease process characterized by formation of an abdominal eosinophilic mass, peripheral eosinophila, and elevated serum IgE. No parasitic pathogens that could explain her disease were isolated during life or identified at autopsy. Furthermore, the disease was not consistent with previously described neoplastic, inflammatory, or idiopathic diseases. We believe this process represents a unique, aggressive variation of the hypereosinophilic syndrome, and that immunosuppressive therapy may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)738-743
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


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Cohen, M. S., Jaques, P. F., Wall, S. D., & Walker, D. (1983). A fatal eosinophilic process in a Laotian refugee. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 80(5), 738-743.