Improvement in Protein-Losing Enteropathy in a Patient With Fontan Circulation After Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prescriptive Exercise

World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 May;11(3):364-365. doi: 10.1177/2150135119896557.


Fontan-associated protein-losing enteropathy is difficult to treat and associated with poor prognosis. Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise are thought to have beneficial effects for patients with Fontan circulation. We report the case of a young adult patient palliated to Fontan circulation, with a decade-long history of symptoms related to protein-losing enteropathy. At age 23 years, he appreciated an improvement in symptoms and laboratory values after cardiac rehabilitation and prescriptive exercise.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation / methods*
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Fontan Procedure
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome / surgery*
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathies / etiology
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathies / rehabilitation*
  • Stents
  • Tachycardia, Paroxysmal / drug therapy
  • Tachycardia, Paroxysmal / etiology
  • Young Adult