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Late post liver transplant protein losing enteropathy: rare complication of incisional hernia.

Research paper by Jonathan D JD Evans, M Thamara Pr MT Perera, Cy C Pal, James J Neuberger, Darius F DF Mirza

Indexed on: 26 Jul '13Published on: 26 Jul '13Published in: World journal of gastroenterology



Abstract

Development of oedema and hypoproteinaemia in a liver transplant recipient may be the first signs of graft dysfunction and should prompt a full assessment. We report the novel case of a patient who, years after liver transplantation developed a functional blind loop in an incisional hernia, which manifested as oedema and hypoproteinaemia secondary to protein losing enteropathy. After numerous investigations, the diagnosis was made by flurodeoxyglucose positron emmision tomography (FDG-PET) imaging. Surgical repair of the incisional hernia was followed several months later by resolution of the protein loss, and confirmed at a post operative FDG-PET scan at one year.