Complicated peptic ulcer disease in three patients with familial dysautonomia.
Familial dysautonomia (FD) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by autonomic and sensory neuropathy. Owing to pervasive dysfunction, the disease has protean clinical manifestations, affecting the ocular, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, orthopedic, vasomotor, and neurologic systems. The gastrointestinal perturbations, including dysphagia, gastroesophageal dysmotility, gastroesophageal reflux, and vomiting crises, are among the earliest signs. Here, we present the first 3 instances of gastric ulcers in patients with FD and discuss their common presenting features and the special management that was required.