Protein-losing enteropathy after Fontan surgery: Resolution after cardiac transplantation

Gianluca Brancaccio, Adriano Carotti, Patrizia D'Argenio, Guido Michielon, Francesco Parisi

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Protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), defined as severe loss of serum protein into the intestine, occurs in 4% to 13% of patients after the Fontan procedure. We report a case of PLE reversal after heart transplantation in a 14-year-old boy with Fontan circulation who previously was treated unsuccessfully with medical therapy. The protein loss continued after heart transplantation. We administered total parenteral nutrition to rest the bowel. After 16 months, we observed a gradual decrease in protein loss. The patient is doing well 5 years after heart transplantation and had has a normal serum albumin level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-486
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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