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Could i have kwashiorkor if i have fever?

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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Kwashiorkor is...: A constellation of signs and symptoms that reflect severe protein malnutrition. Classically there is a protuberant abdomen from low osmotic pressure in the vascular compartment. In the peritoneal cavity, which surrounds the abdominal organs, accumulated fluid is called ascites. Other symptoms are skin ulcers, fussiness, poor oral intake, and fatty liver. Fever is not specific to kwashiorkor.

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