Protein losing enteropathy: an unusual presentation of intestinal schistosomiasis.
A patient presenting with features suggestive of malabsorption syndrome is described who had florid intestinal schistosomiasis on peroral biopsy of the jejunum. Liver biopsy and rectal biopsy also revealed schistosomal ova. Biochemical studies revealed severe hypoproteinaemia and hypoalbuminaemia, caused by a protein losing enteropathy. This is the first reported case of protein losing enteropathy caused by intestinal schistosomiasis.
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