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Waldmann disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Familial Waldmann's disease (type)
  • Primary intestinal lymphangiectasis
  • Waldmann's disease
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Waldmann disease is a digestive disorder characterized abnormally enlarged lymph vessels supplying the lining of the small intestine.  The cause of Waldmann disease is unknown. Signs of Waldmann disease include loss of lymphatic fluid into the gastrointestinal tract, protein-losing enteropathy, too little albumin in the blood, reduced levels of antibodies, and immunodeficiency. Symptoms include swelling in the legs and abdominal discomfort. For many patients, treatment of Waldmann disease involves long term diet therapy.[1]
Last updated: 1/9/2014


  1. Ballinger AB. Intestinal Lymphangiectasia. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. 2003; Accessed 1/9/2014.
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