Malabsorption is varcharacterized by poor absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. Organs involved are the intestinal tract, liver and pancreas.
Causes of Tropical Sprue
Causes are: the deficiency of intestinal enzymes, inadequate digestion caused by disease of the pancreas (such as cystic fibrosis), gallbladder or liver, change in bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract, disease of the intestinal walls, including worms or parasites, tropical sprue and celiac disease, and surgery that reduces the intestinal tract, decreasing the area for absorption.
Signs and Symptoms of Tropical Sprue
Symptoms include: diarrhea, weakness, weight loss, gas and vague abdominal discomfort, bad-smelling, copious stools, frequently with mucus, and mild anemia (sometimes).
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