Intestinal crypt lesions associated with protein-losing enteropathy in the dog. Academic Article uri icon


  • Six dogs were diagnosed with protein losing enteropathy (PLE). There was no evidence of inappropriate inflammatory infiltrates or lymphangiectasia in multiple mucosal biopsies of the small intestine of 4 of the dogs. The 5th and 6th dogs had obvious lymphangiectasia and a moderate infiltrate of inflammatory cells in the intestinal mucosa. All 6 dogs had a large number of dilated intestinal crypts that were filled with mucus, sloughed epithelial cells, and/or inflammatory cells. Whether PLE occurs in these dogs because of protein lost from the dilated crypts into the intestinal lumen or whether the dilated crypts are a mucosal reaction due to another undetermined lesion that is responsible for alimentary tract protein loss is unknown. However, when large numbers of dilated intestinal crypts are present, they appear to be associated with PLE even if there are no other remarkable lesions in the intestinal mucosa.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Intern Med

author list (cited authors)

  • Willard, M. D., Helman, G., Fradkin, J. M., Becker, T., Brown, R. M., Lewis, B. C., & Weeks, B. R.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Willard, MD||Helman, G||Fradkin, JM||Becker, T||Brown, RM||Lewis, BC||Weeks, BR

publication date

  • May 2000