Failure of blind small bowel biopsy in the diagnosis of intestinal lymphangiectasia

Michael H. Hart, Jon A. Vanderhoof, Dean L. Antonson

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A case of primary intestinal lymphangiectasia is presented in which multiple blind peroral jejunal biopsies were unable to document any abnormality, despite strongly suggestive clinical history and radiographic findings. Endoscopically directed biopsy was necessary to document the characteristic pathologic lesion. This re, port documents the importance of endoscopy in the diagnosis of intestinal lymphangiectasia when clinical history is suggestive of intestinal lymphangiectasia but standard small bowel biopsy fails to show any abnormality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-805
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1987



  • Biopsy
  • Diagnosis
  • Endoscopy
  • Intestinal lymphangiectasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Gastroenterology

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