Primary Intestinal Lymphangiectasia

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Last Updated: 03 May 2022
primary intestinal lymphangiectasia diagnosed by double-balloon enteroscopy and treated by medium-chain triglycerides: a case report. "primary intestinal lymphangiectasia diagnosed by double-balloon enteroscopy and treated by medium-chain triglycerides: a case report.", by Lai Y, Yu T, Qiao XY, Zhao LN, Chen QK. F1: A double-balloon enteroscopy and pathologic investigation were performed before and after 10-week treatment. A and B: The double-balloon enteroscopy revealed lymphangiectasia-like changes in the small intestinal mucosa. C: The pathologic analysis of small intestinal...

Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia is a digestive disorder in which the lymph vessels providing the lining of the small intestine are enlarged. The symptoms and signs consist of swelling of the legs and abdominal pain, loss of lymphatic liquid into the intestinal system, protein-losing enteropathy, inadequate albumin in the blood, minimized levels of antibodies, and immunodeficiency. There is no cure for primary intestinal lymphangiectasia. Periodic intravenous mixture of a protein called albumin might be valuable in dealing with swelling of the lower arm or legs and/or accumulation of excess physical fluids. Surgical treatment is usually not needed unless the disease is limited to one area of the intestinal tract. Typically, the earlier the start of primary intestinal lymphangiectasia, the more severe the disease. Still, babies with this disease can endured into adulthood. Because the severity of symptoms in infants can differ, the infants doctor are best able to provide specific info regarding a child's prognosis.

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