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Doctor insights on: Kwashiorkor

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

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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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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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

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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 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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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