A rare case of hypalbuminaemic oedema

Merger, M.; Andus, T.; Schlottmonn, K.; Timmer, A.; Schölmerich, J.; Messmannt, H.; Marienhagen, J.; Rümmle, P.; Krolak, C.
March 2005
Gut;Mar2005, Vol. 54 Issue 3, p320
Academic Journal
The article presents a quiz related to a rare case of hypalbuminaemic oedema. A 35 year old male patient presented massive anasarca, eyelid oedema, and dyspnoea. He also complained of mild diarrhoea and pain in the right calf. Further examination revealed the presence of ascites, bilateral pleural, as well as pericardial effusion. Serum electrophoresis revealed severe hypo and dysproteinaemia with dramatically reduced albumin and an increased alpha-2 peak. The editor questions as to what the diagnosis would be.


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