Safety of Major Abdominal Surgical Procedures in Patients with Hyperimmunoglobulinemia E (Job's Syndrome): A Changing Paradigm?

Russell C. Langan, Richard M. Sherry, Itzhak Avital, Theo Heller, Carolyn Henderson, Steven M. Holland, Alexandra F. Freeman, Udo Rudloff

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Introduction: Autosomal dominant hyperimmunoglobulinemia E syndrome (HIES), also called Job's syndrome, is a primary immunodeficiency characterized by the triad of elevated immunoglobulin E levels, eczema, and infections. Its clinical course manifests as recurrent skin and pulmonary infections, and variable skeletal, connective tissue, and vascular abnormalities. There is evidence of abnormal tissue remodeling with pneumatocoeles frequently complicating pyogenic pneumonias and leading to secondary infections that cause the majority of morbidity and mortality. Complications are known to occur after lung surgery with a high frequency of bronchopleural fistulae, but little has been reported concerning abdominal surgeries. Discussion: Here, we report on the outcome and safety of two separate complex cases (hepatectomy and subtotal gastrectomy) and document our entire experience with abdominal surgical procedures performed on patients with HIES. Despite initial complications, all patients eventually made a full recovery. Conclusion: As HIES patients now frequently live beyond the third and fourth decade, surgical issues similar to those in the general population may increase. Complex surgical procedures can be performed safely and benefit select patients with HIES, but benefit strongly from multidisciplinary teams and awareness of complications related to abnormal healing. We discuss current treatment and potential complications post-operatively in patients with HIES.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1014
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Colon resection
  • Gastrectomy
  • Hyperimmunoglobulinemia E
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Job's syndrome
  • Liver resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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