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Protein-losing enteropathy is abnormal loss of protein from the digestive tract, or the inability of the digestive tract to absorb proteins.
This can be a symptom of disorders that cause ulcers in the digestive tract, such as inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.
It can also be caused by increased lymphatic pressure in the gut, and this may occur with a variety of disorders, including cancers and congestive heart failure.
Update Date: 4/17/2003Andrew J. Muir, M.D. M.H.S., Division of Gastroenterology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT