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Can you tell me how kwashiorkor occurs in a person's body?

Can you tell me how kwashiorkor occurs in a person's body?

Kwashiorkor: Occurs as a result of severe protein malnutrition. It is rarely seen in developed countries but occurs in areas of famine or poor food supply. The abdomen becomes large due to edema and fatty infiltration of the liver. You can develop kwashiorkor even if you eat enough calories, if there isn't enough protein in the diet. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Kwashiorkor (Definition)

Malnutrition produced by a severely inadequate amount of ...Read more


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Why does kwashiorkor often occur among children six months to eighteen months old?

Why does kwashiorkor often occur among children six months to eighteen months old?

Nutritional reserves: Primarily seen in african countries, kwashiorkor is a protein-calorie deficiency, seen in starvation. The younger children have less muscle, less reserve and therefore more susceptible, particularly upon transition away from nursing. Some would argue that kwashiorkor should be a term applicable to starving adults as well, but protein deficiency edema in starving adults may have other causes. ...Read more

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Why the deficit in height is less in kwashiorkor tgan in marasmus & marasmuc kwo?

Nutrition exam: It sounds like you have a nutrition exam or assignment you're working on. There are many important differences between kwashiorkor and marasmus including protein calorie malnutrition, lymphopenia, a typical appearance, etc. It's an important subject to learn. ...Read more

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Please explain why is kwashiorkor manifested with protuberant belly?

Please explain why is kwashiorkor manifested with protuberant belly?

Fluid accumulation: The profound protein deficiency of this disorder prevents the blood from holding fluid within the blood vessels. It leaks into the tissues and organs, making them large and waterlogged. The protuberant belly reflects these organs pushing out of the pelvis and abdomen. ...Read more

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Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Protein vs calories: In Kwash, there is significant deficiency in protein intake which in turn leads to drop in the oncotic pressure inside the blood vessels, causing leakage of fluids to the third spaces hence the edema. In merasmus, there is calorie deficit in general but still enough protein intake to maintain normal oncotic pressure. ...Read more

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If someone ate nothing but fruit could they develop kwashiorkor?

Sure: Sure you could! Kwashiorkor is a disease of poor countries, we just don't have is among kids here in the US. BUT theoretically if you ate only fruit indefinitely, you would get it eventually. ...Read more

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Could I have kwashiorkor if I have fever?

Could I have kwashiorkor if I have fever?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any new, non invasive treatment options for kwashiorkor?

It depends: This condition is severe protein-calorie malnutrition. If the patient is able to assimulate nutrients orally, that is the ideal treatment route. If not the other option include gastric feeding (oral tube or external gastric puncture) or intravenous alimentation (iv nutrients). ...Read more

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Can a baby be born with kwashiorkor if the mom has it?

Can a baby be born with kwashiorkor if the mom has it?

Malnourished babies: Babie whose moms have severe malnourishment can suffer from these conditions when they are born. This is because they are being starved in utero. ...Read more

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Why does kwashiorkor cause liver enlargement?

Why does kwashiorkor cause liver enlargement?

Fatty Liver: Protein-calorie malnutrition diseases may be associated with low serum Albumin (protein) and "fatty" livers...Enlarged...Because of decreased release of fats into the bloodstream to form certain types of proteins (lipoproteins). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout kwashiorkor, how does a deficiency of protein makes a belly swell?

Can you tell me if throughout kwashiorkor, how does a deficiency of protein makes a belly swell?

Fluid accumulation: The profound protein deficiency of this disorder prevents the blood from holding fluid within the blood vessels. It leaks into the tissues and organs, making them large and waterlogged. The protuberant belly reflects these organs pushing out of the pelvis and abdomen. ...Read more

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What are the complication of kwarshiorkor in children?

Multiple: Kwashiorkor (k) is a process that leads to a multitude of problems. Early symptoms include apathy, lethergy and irritability. Loss of muscle mass, skin probs, swelling in organs, face & limbs, & increased susceptability to infection. Stupor and coma may occcur with death rates approaching 40% even under rx. Survivors will generally have long term mental and physical deficiencies. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure a common cold?

How long does it take to cure a common cold?

7-14 days: While a common cold cannot be "cured", it will run its course within 7 to 14 days. Antibiotics are not helpful for the common cold but there are a few supplements that have been shown to increase your body's immune response to the virus, including zinc, vitamin c, and echinacea. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does it take to cure tmj?

I'm wondering how long does it take to cure tmj?

Hard to "cure": Tmj dysfunction can be rather complex. Treatment may be simple or quite involved. Tmj joints, like all other joints, are slower to heal than some other parts of the body. Tmj dysfunction may involve muscle activity levels and their "memory"--habitual pattern of movement, as well as remodeling of the joints. Upon treatment, you may become free from symptoms but TMJ condition will need be monitored. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure coccidioidomycosis?

How long does it take to cure coccidioidomycosis?

It depends: Most patients recover on their own. Incubation time from exposure to illness is from 1-4 weeks. The disease can become chronic in about 5% of patients, and treatment can take months. This is more common in patients who have some form of immune defiiciency. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does it take to cure gonnerhea?

Help please? How long does it take to cure gonnerhea?

7-10 days: The standard treatments clear the infection in 1-2 days, but symptoms take longer to clear up. Discharge or painful urination usuallly start improving within 2 days, can take 7-10 days to be gone entirely. If things aren't clearing up this soon, return to your doctor to be rechecked. Don't resume sex until at least 7 days have passed, all symptoms are gone, and your partner (s) have been treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure anemia?

How long does it take to cure anemia?

Depends: There are many different kinds of anemia, each of which have their own causes. You need to figure out what kind of anemia you have and what needs to be done to treat it. It could be that a simply nutritional supplement (iron, b12, thiamine) will be enough. It could be a more chronic problem that has no quick fix. If you're anemic for any reason, you need to see your doc right away. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure food poisoning?

How long does it take to cure food poisoning?

Time will tell: If you have a not too serious bacterial or spoiled food, then a day of nausea, vomiting, then diarrhea usually occurs. Unfortunately there are bad bugs out there that if your health is not the best, can result in death. If you are "sick" then weak care immediately to make sure you will recover. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure a urethral caruncle?

How long does it take to cure a urethral caruncle?

CARUNCLE: The trick is to get them to become assymptomatic. Many times they are found by a doctor and not mentioned as they are very common in post menopausal women. It should feel better w/in a few days to a week of treatment. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does it take to cure gingivitis?

I'm wondering how long does it take to cure gingivitis?

Gingivitis: You are young. A hygienists will clean professionally your teeth, maybe a couple of cleanings in a monthe period, floss and brush better and have a professional cleaning every 4 to 6 months. As simple as that. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure gingivitis with scores of 4 and 5?

How long does it take to cure gingivitis with scores of 4 and 5?

It varies: Everyone is different, but if you have pocket depths that deep, you may not have just gingivitis, it has turned into periodontitis or what we call gum disease. Stay close to the dentist and follow the given recommendations. ...Read more

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Is there any way to cure a UTI without antibiotics? And how long does it take to cure in females?

Is there any way to cure a UTI without antibiotics? And how long does it take to cure in females?

Not likely: Highly unlikely to cure UTI without substances that kill bacterias. The treatment kills bacteria after a single dose if it is acute infection. If chronic UTI the treatment may last up to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure alopecia using Ayurveda methods?

How long does it take to cure alopecia using Ayurveda methods?

It won't happen: Don't expect results. If you have male pattern baldness, and you want to treat it, get with a mainstream physician for medical or transplant Rx. If it's alopecia areata or telogen effluvium, it may remit on its own. Many men embrace their masculinity and genetics and focus on fitness -- do this and you'll look and feel great regardless of where there is and isn't hair. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure acne by scrubing lemon?

How long does it take to cure acne by scrubing lemon?

Won't work: I'm sorry somebody told you this. This is a serious chronic disease that is often a grave personal and professional problem. These "pop" remedies are at best adjuncts. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician. You owe this to yourself. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure stomach infection?

How long does it take to cure stomach infection?

H. Pylor: If you mean h. Pylori infection of the stomach, the standard course of treatment is 10-14 days of combination antibiotic therapy along with 30 days of an acid reducer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure a yeast infection with yogurt?

How long does it take to cure a yeast infection with yogurt?

Variable: It usually helps if you confirm that what you have is actually a yeast infection and then take an appropriate medication for it while you eat the yogurt. ...Read more

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How does periodontitis differ from gingivitis? How long does it take to cure them?

Severity: Gingivitis is early easily reversible inflammation/infection. Periodontitis is more advanced/severe/destructive, and is more complex to treat. Best advice, see a Periodontist, a gum/bone specialist, for the highest quality, most efficient, treatment available. ...Read more

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After surgery for pilonidal sinus how long does it take to cure and what precautions are to be taken.?

After surgery for pilonidal sinus how long does it take to cure and what precautions are to be taken.?

Depends on surgery: There are several ways to treat a pilonidal cyst by surgery. First, you can cut it out & suture back up the skin and tissues and that takes about 2 weeks to heal but there is a high recurrence rate. You can cut it open & leave open & change dressings (marsupialization) which can take several weeks but low recurrence or do the last procedure but use a wound vac & about 10 days to heal- no packing. ...Read more