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[Diagnostic value of jejunal biopsy].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Boletín médico del Hospital Infantil de México
Publication Date
Volume
32
Issue
3
Pages
423–427
Identifiers
PMID: 1138714
Source
Medline

Abstract

Trying to find out the clinical elements that define the precise indication ofr a jejunal biopsy, 28 children with several pathological conditions were studied. They were 12 cases of kwashiorkor, 11 cases with chronic diarrhea, two cases of chronic pancreatitis, 2 cases with ferropenic anemia resistant to the oral treatment with iron and one case of chilous ascitis. It is concluded that only in those cases in which the biopsy is the precise medium for diagnosis is where it would be indicated, such as intestinal lymphangiectasis or in those cases with signs or evidence of malabsorption without diarrhea. The chronic diarrhea per se does not seem to be a formal indication for biopsy.

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