Protein-Losing Enteropathy Medication

Updated: Dec 10, 2019
  • Author: Naeem Aslam, MD; Chief Editor: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Octreotide has limited benefit in treating patients with Ménétrier disease, but a therapeutic trial may be worthwhile. [34] A monoclonal antibody against the epidermal growth factor receptor has been shown to be effective in treating Ménétrier disease. External elastic support is helpful in reducing peripheral edema.

Prednisone may be used in patients with total villous atrophy that is unresponsive to gluten restriction. Prednisone rapidly reverses the symptoms and signs of eosinophilic gastroenteritis and returns the serum albumin to the reference range. Medium-chain triglycerides are not helpful in hereditary intestinal lymphangiectasia. Specific treatment of infectious enteritides is indicated when present.

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Corticosteroids

Class Summary

These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Corticosteroids modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Prednisone (Orasone, Sterapred)

Immunosuppressant for treatment of autoimmune disorders; may decrease inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and by suppressing PMN activity. Stabilizes lysosomal membranes and also suppresses lymphocyte and antibody production.

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