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Lymphocytic gastritis: an unusual cause of hypoproteinaemia.
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PMID:  8326297     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Lymphocytic gastritis (LG) is a disorder characterized by diffuse infiltration of the gastric epithelium by small lymphocytes. Its cause remains largely unknown, although several arguments favour an immune origin. Hypoproteinaemia induced by leakage of plasma proteins into the gastric lumen is a rare complication of LG. We report here on three cases of LG whose presenting symptom was lower limb oedema secondary to hypoproteinaemia. The diagnosis was based on radiological, endoscopic and histopathological findings. Radionuclide studies allowed confirmation of the loss of proteins in the stomach. Therapy with omeprazole or H2-receptors antagonists proved to be successful. The relationship between LG and varioliform gastritis is reviewed.
K Farahat; P Hainaut; F Jamar; J Haot; M Lambert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of internal medicine     Volume:  234     ISSN:  0954-6820     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1993 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-08-11     Completed Date:  1993-08-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904841     Medline TA:  J Intern Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  95-100     Citation Subset:  IM    
Unit of General Internal Medicine, Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc, Bruxelles, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Gastritis / complications*,  metabolism,  pathology
Hypoproteinemia / etiology*
Middle Aged
Protein-Losing Enteropathies / diagnosis*

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