Hong Kong Med J 2001;7:442-4 | Number 4, December 2001
Severe cow's milk protein allergy in a Chinese neonate
LY Siu, K Tse, YS Lui
Paediatric Department, Tuen Mun Hospital, Tsing Chung Koon Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Cow's milk protein allergy is a growing problem in developed countries. We report the case of a Chinese infant, born at term, who presented on day 28 with severe growth failure, chronic diarrhoea, and metabolic acidosis. Investigations supported a diagnosis of cow's milk protein allergy. This was confirmed by withdrawing and reintroducing the relevant infant formula under controlled clinical conditions. Both acidosis and diarrhoea were seen to resolve, and 'catch-up' growth was evident after introduction of an elemental infant formula. Early recognition of this problem leads to a rapid 'cure', as seen in this case. However, later presentation with other atopic conditions has been reported.
Key words: Food hypersensitivity; Milk hypersensitivity
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