Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Cows' milk-sensitive enteropathy.
  1. J Walker-Smith,
  2. M Harrison,
  3. A Kilby,
  4. A Phillips,
  5. N France


    Serial small intestinal biopsies related to withdrawal and challenge with cows' milk are described in 5 infants with cows' milk protein intolerenace. On the basis of these serial observations the existence of a cows' milk-sensitive enteropathy in infancy is clearly established. The cows' milk-sensitive mucosal lesion varied in its severity ranging from a partly flat mucosa to a mild degree of partial villous atrophy. Intraepithelial lymphocyte counts rose after a positive milk challenge, but on only one occasion to a level outside the normal range. The technique of serial biopsies related to dietary milk enables a firm diagnosis of cows' milk intolerance to be made upon the basis of a single milk challenge. Clinically this appears to be a temporary condition which disappears by the age of 2 years.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.