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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

INTESTINAL LYMPHANGIECTASIA

A congenital malunion of the lymphatics causes impaired drainage of the intestinal lymphatics, and the lymph, which contains protein and fat, is discharged in to the lumen of the intestine
. The condition presents with oedema of the lower limbs and investigation shows hypoalbuminaemia, lymphocytopenia and steatorrhoea.

The diagnosis is confirmed by intestinal biopsy which shows greatly dilated lymphatics and by lymphangiography in which a radio-opaque dye is introduced in to the lymphatic system via lymphatics in to the feet

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