Ménétrier disease

Ménétrier disease (MD) is a form of rare idiopathic hypertrophic gastropathy.

Rare disease with incidence < 1 per 200,000. Bimodal in distribution, children often < 10 years; adult forms 30-60 years, peak 55 years. Male preponderance both in juvenile and adult form 7.

The exact aetiology is not well known. The juvenile form has been linked to cytomegaloviral infection and usually resolves spontaneously. The adult form tends to progress with time 7 and TGF-A activation of the EGFR receptor has been implicated. 

The characteristic of the disease is gastric mucosal hypertrophy, which may cause the rugae to resemble convolutions of the brain 2. Rugal thickening is predominantly caused by the expansion of the epithelial cell compartment of the gastric mucosa

It most commonly affects the gastric fundal region, but any part of the stomach may be involved 7

Achlorhydria, hypoproteinaemia and oedema comprise the classic triad. It is thought to be caused by protein-losing enteropathy. Acid production may be compromised. Hypoproteinaemia may lead to ascites and pleural effusions. 

Usually characterised by giant rugal folds. 

On contrast-enhanced CT images, the thickened rugae appear as areas of thickened mucosa that project into the gastric lumen to a degree that may resemble convolutions of brain 7

  • high-protein diet to correct hypoproteinaemia
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) to treat attendant gastritis
  • EGFR monoclonal antibody (Cetuximab)
  • gastrectomy

Imaging differential considerations for diffuse rugal thickening include

It is named after Pierre Ménétrier, a French pathologist who described certain pathologic gastric changes associated with the condition in 1888 3.

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rID: 21232
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ménétrier disease (MD)
  • Ménétrier's disease
  • Ménétrier's disease (MD)

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