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J Pediatr. 1997 Mar;130(3):474-8.

Reversal of protein-losing enteropathy with heparin therapy in three patients with univentricular hearts and Fontan palliation.

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Department of Pediatrics, C. S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Abstract

We studied three pediatric patients with protein-losing enteropathy in conjunction with univentricular hearts and right atrial to pulmonary artery anastomosis (Fontan operation) before and during heparin therapy. Each patient showed dramatic improvements in symptoms, marked elevations in serum albumin levels, and quantitative reversal of enteric protein loss within a few weeks of beginning therapy. These findings suggest that heparin may be an important treatment for this poorly understood condition.

PMID:
9063428
DOI:
10.1016/s0022-3476(97)70214-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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