Intestinal lymphangiectasia in dogs, challenging diagnosis: 4 cases

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Darko Davitkov
Maja Vasiljevic
Dajana Davitkov
Anja Ilic Bozovic
Milena Djordjevic
Vanja Krstic


Intestinal lymphangiectasia is an uncommon disease which can cause severe, chronic protein-losing enteropathy in dogs. Four dogs were presented at the Belgrade Clinic for Small Animals with clinical signs of chronic diarrhea, lethargy, anorexia, vomiting and weight loss. Abnormal physical examination findings included dehydration, signs of pain on abdominal palpation, and ascites. The most important clinicopathological findings were lymphopenia and hypoproteinemia with hypoalbuminemia. Abdominal ultrasound revealed intestinal abnormalities in all dogs. To establish an undoubted diagnosis of intestinal lymphangiectasia, endoscopy and histopathology were conducted.


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Davitkov, D., Vasiljevic, M., Davitkov, D., Ilic Bozovic, A., Djordjevic, M., & Krstic, V. (2017). Intestinal lymphangiectasia in dogs, challenging diagnosis: 4 cases. Veterinarski Glasnik, 71(1), 52–57. Retrieved from
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