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Outcome of severe
hypernatremia caused by
rotavirus gastroenteritis
M. P. Gruppen1 and P. Dahlem1
lopment. Also the MRI and EEGhad completely normalized.
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Department of Pediatric Intensive Care, Emma Children’s Hospital AMC, References
report of a case and review of the litera- of infancy: an epidemiological review.
sis. Neuroimag Clin North Am1993;3:319-29 Crohn’s disease: a classic presentation?
E.S. van Aalst-Cohen1 and J.A.J.M. Taminiau2
times a day, lasting several minutes.
and not to eating nor to defecation.
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been seen by his general practitioner.
teritis; celiac disease; pancreatitis;inflammatory bowel disease; (abdo-minal) tuberculosis; viral infection Department of Vascular Medicine, AMC, Amsterdam Emma Childrens’ Hospital, AMC, Amsterdam next few months showed the follo-wing results: ESR 23 mm/hour; Hb7.1 mmol/l; MCV 74.7 Fl; iron 2.6 µmol/l; ferritin 95 µg/l; transferrin1.37 g/l; TIBC 27.5 µmol/l; leuko-cytes 11.6 x 109/l; thrombocytes 630x 109/l; LDH 146 U/l; CRP 34mg/l; albumin 27 g/l; total protein59 g/l. Liver, kidney and thyroidfunction tests were normal, urinaly-sis showed no abnormalities and thePPD was negative. Serological testswere negative for EBV, HBV, andCMV. The triple feces test was posi-tive for parasites (Entamoebe coli,Blastocystis hominis and Dienta-moebe fragilis). The stools did notcontain Helicobacter pylori antigen,contained little fat and were negativefor occult blood. The patient’s skele-tal age was 9 years and 6 months,determined with an X-ray of handand wrist. No abnormalities were Figure 1. Endoscopy: an aphthous lesion in the stomach antrum as seen on endoscopic with metronidazol. The patient wasalso prescribed ferrous fumaratetablets to replenish his iron stores.
Continued outpatient observation(2.5 months) of the patient showedno improvement of his symptoms,and a subtle increase in gastroin-testinal symptoms. Endoscopy wasperformed because of an increasingsuspicion that the child was sufferingfrom an inflammatory bowel disease(continued failure to thrive, fever,abdominal pain, iron deficiency, lowblood protein). Upon admission toour hospital for the endoscopy, thepatient was pale and cachectic inappearance. He complained of painin his knees without redness or swel-ling. The abdominal pain was moreapparent than at the initial presenta-tion in the outpatient department,however palpation of the abdomen Figure 2. Pathology: a lymphoplasmacellular infiltrate in the lamina propria of the stomach antrum and two Langerhans-type giant cells. sure was found on physical examina-tion. Laboratory results showed an disease as seen in Crohn’s disease.
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disease, but are helpful for diagnosis.
taking samples every 10 cm in thegastrointestinal tract.
A febrile child with rash and arthritis:
ask for recent rat exposure

P.F. van Rheenen1
Case report
A 15-month-old, previously healthy
boy was admitted with a painful
swollen right ankle joint, high fever
and skin rash. The child, who had
just started walking, was unable to
bear weight since the day of admis-
sion. Simultaneously, a rash had
erupted over his palms and soles,
gradually extending in proximal
direction. Ten days prior to admis-
sion, the patient had been bitten by
a pet rat of friends of the family. A
wet bandage had been applied to the
injured right index finger.
ill toddler with a body temperatureof 40.4°C. His face was slightly Figure 1. Maculopapular rash on hand palm. puffy. A maculopapular, morbilli-form rash was seen on hand palmsand foot soles (Figure 1). The rightindex finger showed an already healed wound. The right ankle jointwas warm and swollen. Movements were restricted and caused severepain. Regional lymphadenopathywas not present. Blood analysis re- vealed leukocytosis (WBC 20.5x109/l)with a shift to the left in the diffe-rential count (band neutrophils 8%).
ESR was elevated (49 mm/hr). Jointaspiration, arthrotomy and flushing Figure 2. Characteristic course of appearance of symptoms in rat-bite fever. were performed under general anaes-thesia. A Gram stain of the turbid infected with S. moniliformis.
of joint aspirate isolated Streptobacil- lus moniliformis. These findings led essential in establishing the diagnosis.
can be caused by either Streptobacil- lus moniliformis or Spirillum minor, Europe and America, while S. minor Complications of S. moniliformis in- fection include endocarditis9, myo-carditis, interstitial pneumonia, Department of Pediatrics, Emma Kinderziekenhuis AMC, Amsterdam Pediatric Clinics Amsterdam
4. Konstantopoulos K, Skarpas P, Hitjazis in children: case report and review.
tubes, impedes the growth of tient should be advised to report any endocarditis: case report and review.
tis and numerous infectious diseases.
ments for S. moniliformis are provided.
1. Cunningham BB, Paller AS, Katz BZ.
tial emerging disease. Int.J.Infect.Dis.
Miller L. Rat-bite fever: a case of septic A case of Periodic fever, Aphthous
stomatitis, Pharyngitis, and Adenopathy

F.H. Kruisinga1 and T.W.Kuijpers1
Case report
Department of Pediatrics, Emma Kinderziekenhuis AMC, Amsterdam lesions is the hyper IgD syndrome.4In this syndrome mutations in the tiation twice weekly for 6 weeks, lesions, arthritis and oral ulcers mayand also during an attack. ANA, References
Behçet’s disease is rare in children.
fever, serositis, uveitis, oral and geni- 4. Editorial. Syndrome of periodic fever, school has been reduced significantly.
adenitis (PFAPA) – What it isn’t. What aphthous stomatitis and pharyngitis.
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What’s new in pediatrics: Mannose Binding

K.M. Dolman1 and T.W. Kuijpers1
Mannose Binding Lectin (MBL) is a
plasma protein, part of the human
complement system, and plays an
important role in innate immunity.
MBL binds to sugar residues on dif-
ferent micro-organisms. This bin-
ding leads to complement activation,
chemotaxis of neutrophils, phagocy-
tosis and finally killing of the micro-
organism. The concentration of
MBL in plasma is influenced by
three point mutations in exon 1 of
the MBL gene as well as promotor
polymorphism. These mutations lead
to a defective structure of the MBL
molecule without biological activity.
MBL deficiency predisposes to in-
creased risk of infections and is asso-
ciated with autoimmune diseases.
Figure 1. Activation routes of the different complement pathways. Structure and function
In the human immune system pro-
it takes several days before a sufficient fore it is essential that different lectin convertase of the classical pathway.
of MBL to a micro-organism leads organisms like viruses (i.e. influenza, dida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, Aspergillus fumigatus and to a lesser extend to Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus epidermidis. Some Neisseria meningitides) are relatively larger form to be biologically active.
ever, the MBL plasma concentrationvaries between individuals and can Department of Pediatric Immunology, Emma Children's Hospital AMC and Department of Experimental Immunohematology, Sanquin Research at CLB, MBL deficiency has also been asso-ciated with autoimmune diseases likesystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It hasbeen postulated that MBL plays arole in the pathophysiology of SLEby defective clearance of apoptoticcells. Absence of MBL results in pro-longed presence of apoptotic cells inthe circulation and subsequent pre-sentation of nuclear material to theimmune system that results in auto-antibody formation. MBL deficiencycan also lead to decreased C3-con-vertase (C4b2a) activity and subse-quent defective clearance of circula-ting immune complexes. Low MBLplasma concentration in RA correla-tes with presentation of clinical signsat a younger age, increased erythro- Figure 2. Tetrameric MBL (CRD: carbohydrate recognition domain; MASP: flammatory tissue destruction anddefective mobility of the joints.
nia, gastro-enteritis, meningitis, osteo- Conclusion
vulnerable to infections with Pseudo- monas aeruginosa or Burkholderia cepacia, and have a shorter life expec- Clinical relevance
ciency becomes clinically important.
bably due to intrauterine infections.
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10. Garred, P., Pressler, T., Lang, S., Mad- lung disease and survival in cystic fibro- tic fibrosis lung disease. Pediatr Pulmo-


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