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Clin Nucl Med. 1995 Dec;20(12):1070-3.

Scintigraphic diagnosis of protein losing enteropathy using Tc-99m dextran.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Delhi, India.


The authors performed abdominal scintigraphy using intravenously administered Tc-99m dextran in a patient with protein losing enteropathy. The study revealed abnormal leakage of the radiotracer in the left lumber area that moved over time in a pattern suggestive of small intestinal transit. Besides being a nonprotein and having long stay in intravascular compartment, the macromolecule may have many advantages over Tc-99m human serum albumin, the current radiotracer of choice for imaging intestinal protein loss.

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