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Malabsorption

Malabsorption is a condition that occurs as a result of an abnormality in the absorption of nutrients from food in the gastrointestinal tract. Malabsorption can be categorized into three groups: selective, partial, and total. The condition can lead to malnutrition and several types of anaemia.

Causes may include:

  • Congenital or Acquired Reduction in Absorptive Surface
  • Defects of Ion Transport
  • Defects of Specific Hydrolysis
  • Impaired Enterohepatic Circulation
  • Mucosal Damage
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency

Possible symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Bleeding Tendencies
  • Bloating
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Growth Retardation
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Poor Absorption of Water, Carbohydrates, and Electrolytes
  • Steatorrhoea
  • Swelling
  • Weight Loss

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