The face of tropical sprue in 2010

Mashal Jatoi Batheja, Jonathan A Leighton, Ainara Azueta, Russell Heigh

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Abstract

Tropical sprue (TS), although endemic in certain tropical regions of the world, is rarely seen in North America and Europe. However, in this era of globalization and worldwide travel, it is important for all clinicians to be aware of the possibility of TS in patients presenting with nonspecific, persistent gastrointestinal complaints like diarrhea and weight loss. The symptoms and histologic findings of TS can resemble and be confused with those of diseases seen more commonly in nontropical climates like celiac disease and small intestine bacterial overgrowth. Therefore, if the usual causes of persistent diarrhea are ruled out, keeping a high index of suspicion for TS in patients who have a travel history to one of the endemic regions is important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-172
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Gastroenterology
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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Tropical Sprue
Diarrhea
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Celiac Disease
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Small Intestine
Weight Loss

Keywords

  • Celiac disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Post-infective malabsorption
  • Tropical countries
  • Tropical sprue
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Weight loss

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  • Gastroenterology

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The face of tropical sprue in 2010. / Batheja, Mashal Jatoi; Leighton, Jonathan A; Azueta, Ainara; Heigh, Russell.

In: Case Reports in Gastroenterology, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2010, p. 168-172.

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Batheja, Mashal Jatoi ; Leighton, Jonathan A ; Azueta, Ainara ; Heigh, Russell. / The face of tropical sprue in 2010. In: Case Reports in Gastroenterology. 2010 ; Vol. 4, No. 2. pp. 168-172.
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