Type of disease: Rare conditions
Waldmann disease is a digestive disorder characterized abnormally enlarged lymph vessels supplying the lining of the small intestine. The cause of Waldmann disease is unknown. Signs of Waldmann disease include loss of lymphatic fluid into the gastrointestinal tract, protein-losing enteropathy, too little albumin in the blood, reduced levels of antibodies, and immunodeficiency. Symptoms include swelling in the legs and abdominal discomfort. For many patients, treatment of Waldmann disease involves long term diet therapy. Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.