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Minerva Pediatrica 2003 December;55(6):615-20

language: Italian

Early-onset of primary intestinal lymphangiectasia. A case report and diet treatment

Greco F., Piccolo G., Sorge A., Pavone P., Triglia T., Spina M., Sorge G.


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Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia is a rare disorder, characterized by hypoproteinemia due to obstruction of the intestinal lymphatic vessels and loss of lymph fluid in the gastrointestinal tract. The case of a 3-month old patient with protein-losing enteropathy due to a primitive intestinal lymphangiectasia diagnosed with duodenal histology is reported. The adapted formula was replaced by a formula enriched with medium-chain tryglicerides (MCT) and the patient presented a clinical and biochemical improvement. The importance of an early diagnosis and the efficacy of treatmet with MCT is stressed.

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