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Protein‐Losing Enteropathy in Children

Authors: A. R. COLÓN MD, D. H. SANDBERG MD

Abstract

During the past 5 years, 15 children with protein-losing enteropathy (PLE) have been seen. The findings in 5 patients illustrating the profound effect of this disease on growth are presented. The influence on growth is one of the most difficult aspects of management of this disease. More than half of the 15 children had severe growth failure with heights and weights below the 3rd percentile. Diarrhea, edema and ascites occurred in 50%. Identification of the etiology of PLE and treatment of the underlying disorder provide an opportunity to improve growth in such children. Diagnostic procedures in PLE are reviewed.

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