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Definition / general
- Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia is rare disorder of dilated intestinal lacteals resulting in lymph leakage into the small bowel lumen, causing protein losing enteropathy leading to lymphopenia, hypoalbuminemia and hypogammaglobulinemia (Orphanet J Rare Dis 2008;3:5, eMedicine: Intestinal Lymphangiectasia [Accessed 12 February 2018])
- Dilation of lymphatics in mucosa, submucosa or subserosa
- Primary: children, due to congenital obstructive defective in lymphatics
- Secondary: due to constrictive pericarditis, Crohn's (Virchows Arch 2008;452:57), intestinal malignancy, myocardial disease, pancreatitis, retroperitoneal fibrosis, sarcoidosis, Waldenström macroglobulinemia
- Resection, treatment of underlying conditions