Enteric protein loss after the Fontan operation

C. A. Davis, D. J. Driscoll, J. Perrault, D. H. Greenwood, Hartzell V Schaff, F. J. Puga, G. K. Danielson, R. H. Feldt

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Abstract

Objective: The current study was undertaken to assess the frequency of excessive enteric protein loss and protein-losing enteropathy in the relatively early period after the Fontan operation. Design: Protein excretion was determined in 26 of 27 consecutive patients who underwent the Fontan procedure between January and June 1990 at the Mayo Clinic. Material and Methods: At two testing intervals during the first 4 months after the Fontan operation, α1-antitrypsin clearance and fecal α1-antitrypsin concentration studies were done. Results: All results were normal for the first postoperative test period (2 to 8 weeks). For the second study period, all 17 patients tested had normal α1-antitrypsin clearances. One of the 17 patients had an appreciably increased fecal α1-antitrypsin concentration and transient protein-losing enteropathy. Conclusion: Excessive enteric protein loss and protein-losing enteropathy are relatively uncommon during the first 4 months after the Fontan operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-114
Number of pages3
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume69
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994

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    Davis, C. A., Driscoll, D. J., Perrault, J., Greenwood, D. H., Schaff, H. V., Puga, F. J., Danielson, G. K., & Feldt, R. H. (1994). Enteric protein loss after the Fontan operation. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 69(2), 112-114.