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Protein-Losing Enteropathy as the Principal Manifestation of Constrictive Pericarditis

By Nikolaos Nikolaidis, Konstantinos Tziomalos, Olga Giouleme, Dimitrios Gkisakis, Amalia Kokkinomagoulou, Nikolaos Karatzas, Athanassios Papanikolaou, Ioannis Tsitourides, Nikolaos Eugenidis and Athanassios Kontopoulos


Constrictive pericarditis represents a rare cause of protein-losing enteropathy resulting from intestinal lymphangiectasia. We report the case of a patient with an atypical clinical presentation of constrictive pericarditis and protein-losing enteropathy as its principal manifestation; he was successfully treated with pericardiectomy. We conclude that constrictive pericarditis should be considered in the presence of protein-losing enteropathy and also, protein-losing enteropathy should be considered in the differential diagnosis of hypoalbuminemia

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