The utility of Tc-99m dextran in the diagnosis and identification of melanoma metastases responsible for protein-losing enteropathy

Dinesh A. Sivaratnam, Alexander G. Pitman, Edward Giles, Meir Lichtenstein

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Protein-losing enteropathy is an uncommon syndrome of excessive loss of protein via the gastrointestinal mucosa. Tc-99m dextran is a tracer ideally suited for diagnosis and localization. The authors report a case of melanoma mestastases to the small bowel that were causing protein-losing enteropathy. These were diagnosed and localized using Tc-99m dextran, leading to a curative resection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-245
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Melanoma Metastasis
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathy
  • Small Bowel
  • Tc-99m Dextran

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