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Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia


Other Names for this Disease
  • Waldmann's disease
  • Primary intestinal lymphangiectasis
  • Familial Waldmann's disease (type)
  • Waldmann disease
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What is the life expectancy for infants diagnosed with Waldmann disease?

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What is primary intestinal lymphangiectasia?

Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia is a digestive disorder in which the lymph vessels supplying the lining of the small intestine are enlarged. The cause of the condition is still unknown. The signs and symptoms include swelling of the legs and abdominal discomfort, loss of lymphatic fluid into the gastrointestinal tract, protein-losing enteropathy, too little albumin in the blood, reduced levels of antibodies, and immunodeficiency. Treatment involves a special long-term diet.[1]
Last updated: 10/6/2015

What is the life expectancy for primary intestinal lymphangiectasia diagnosed within the first few months of life?

Generally, the earlier the onset of primary intestinal lymphangiectasia, the more severe the disease. If the disease is apparent in the newborn period or the first few months of life, symptoms may include massive edema, diarrhea, malabsorption, and infection.[1] Still, infants with this disease can (and have) survived into adulthood. Because the severity of symptoms in infants can vary, the infants healthcare providers are best able to provide specific information regarding a child's prognosis.
Last updated: 10/6/2015

References
  • Ballinger AB. Intestinal Lymphangiectasia. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. 2003; Accessed 1/9/2014.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Waldmann's disease
  • Primary intestinal lymphangiectasis
  • Familial Waldmann's disease (type)
  • Waldmann disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.