Protein-losing enteropathy in congestive cardiac failure: an entity of minor clinical significance.

Protein-losing enteropathology (PLE) occurs rarely in congestive cardiac failure (CCF). Using fecal alpha 1-antitrypsin, an endogenous marker of enteric protein loss, we studied 25 patients in severe CCF to determine the frequency, degree, and clinical significance of PLE. Excessive enteric protein loss was found in only two patients, confirming the… CONTINUE READING