Secondary intestinal lymphangiectasia

What is Secondary intestinal lymphangiectasia?

Secondary intestinal lymphangiectasia is an acquired from of intestinal lymphangiectasia (see this term) manifesting as a protein-losing enteropathy due to another disorder such as Crohn’s disease, congestive heart failure, sarcoidosis, Turner syndrome (see these terms) and often in patients who have undergone a Fontan operation. It is characterized by malabsorption, diarrhea, edema due hypoproteinemia, steatorrhea and serosal effusions.

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