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|Do they know the underlying cause? I found this:
The first step in treatment is to address the underlying cause. In most cases of lymphangiectasia, the underlying cause involves inflammation and most treatment of lymphangiectasia involves=2 0suppression of inflammation.
Medications such as prednisone, and/or azathioprine are commonly used, especially if inflammatory bowel disease is present.
The second step in treatment is dietary though success has been mixed. Traditionally, rather nasty tasting Medium Chain Triglycerides have been used in lymphangiectasia treatment. Triglycerides (a fancy word for “fats”) are very long molecules. Some are longer than others. The more usual dietary fats are called “Long Chain Triglycerides” and, when absorbed into one’s body, must be repackaged into fat globules called “chylomicra” and are normally absorbed into the lacteals. In lymphangiectasia, we want to reduce the pressure in the lymph vessels. We want less lymph. The idea was that if the patient ate shorter fat chains, the fats could be absorbed right into bloodstream directly and bypass the lymph system altogether. Whether or not this actually happens is still a matter of controversy but the a ddtion of Medium Chain Triglycerides (or “MCT’s”) in conjunction with a low fat diet are common recommendations in the therapy of lymphangiectasia. ****Found in Purina HA****
Other treatments include the use of diuretics (such as furosemide) to help increase urination and ultimately reduce fluid accumulation in the chest or abdomen. Actual tapping of the body cavity and suctioning the fluid affected may be needed periodically.
If the underlying condition is treatable then prognosis for lymphangiectasia is good. It should be understood that lymphangiectasia is unlikely to be cured and at best can be managed. --http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_intestinal_lymphangiectasia.h tml
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