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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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Overview

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

References

  1. Ballinger AB. Intestinal Lymphangiectasia. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. 2003; Accessed 1/9/2014.
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  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
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  • The Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases has published an article with information on this condition. This journal is affiliated with the Orphanet reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.
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.