Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasia: Fact Sheet

There’s a nice, succinct fact sheet about CIL on the net which you can download.  An excerpt:

About the Diagnosis

Cause: Lymphangiectasia is an intestinal disease of adult dogs. With lymphangiectasia, a disruption of the lymphatic system causes leakage of lymphatic fluid (also called lymph) into the gastrointestinal tract. The lymphatic system is a very complex network of fluid, vessels, lymph nodes, and organs throughout the body that has numerous functions. It often runs parallel to, although separately from, the blood circulation. The lymphatic system is a ferrying system that carries waste substances outward from tissues in the body to the bloodstream. It also provides immune defense in certain areas of the body such as the spleen, tonsils, and the lining of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines). Also in the intestine, the lymphatic system absorbs fats after they are digested (chyle). In addition to fats, lymphatic fluid contains proteins and white blood cells, which are vital for the body’s functions. Unfortunately, with lymphangiectasia the white blood cells, proteins, and fats leak into the intestinal tract and are lost. As a result, the dog becomes malnourished. Over time, this potentially can become a life-threatening disease.

Download the fact sheet here.


2 comments to Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasia: Fact Sheet

  • Wendy

    You should categorize this under CIL so others can find it. I just stumbled across it but noticed it wasn’t coming up under CIL on your blog.

  • Louie

    Thanks! I hadn’t created all the categories when this was written, so I appreciate the reminder.