What does a finding of protein-losing enteropathy suggest in the workup of diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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At times, a protein-losing enteropathy can be found in patients with extensive inflammation in the course of enteroinvasive intestinal infections (eg, Salmonella species, enteroinvasive E coli). In these circumstances, low serum albumin levels and high fecal alpha1-antitrypsin levels can be found.


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