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Doctor insights on: Kwashiorkor In Adults

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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

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 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

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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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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 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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Could an adult have pandas?

Could an adult have pandas?

No.: Pandas is an acronym which stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disease associated with streptococcal disease. No. By definition, pandas is a pediatric disorder. It is possible that adolescents and adults may have immune mediated ocd, but this is not known. The research studies at the nimh are restricted to children. ...Read more

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Images of thrust is an adult?

Images of thrust is an adult?

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What are the biggest health risks facing adults?

What are the biggest health risks facing adults?

Health risks adults: Health risks for adults in the US include: Heart disease, Cancer, Chronic respiratory diseases, accidents, strokes, diabetes, suicide, dementia, influenza & pneumonia. ...Read more

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Do adults get croup?

Do adults get croup?

Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and illness is usually mild and can seem more like a cold. ...Read more

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Is milk bad for adults?

Is milk bad for adults?

Not necessarily: If you can drink milk without problems, you can drink it. You may want to select low-/non-fat milk. If you have lactose intolerance like many of us, you may want to avoid it or drink either lactose- free or soy milk. There are varying degrees of lactose intolerance. As we get older we make less and less lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk. Many adults get gas and bloating with mil. ...Read more

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How is adult cml treated?

How is adult cml treated?

Targeted therapy: The current treatment uses drugs call kinase inhibitors that shuts off the oncogene that is believed to cause cml. This oncogene, known as bcr/abl is caused by an exchange of genetic material at the chromosomal level. ...Read more

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Does adult teething exist?

Does adult teething exist?

Not exacltly: We do not think of teething in adults however in late teen years or college years the wisdom teeth may erupt and can be painful similar to primary teeth erupting. ...Read more

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Pediasure okay for adults?

Pediasure okay for adults?

I suppose: Pediasure is a dietary supplement that is designed to meet some of the nutrition need of growing kids. An adult could gain some benefit from its use, but would get similar benefit from less expensive products like Carnation Breakfast Essentials if a shake like drink is desired. I prefer a good steak balanced with a few sides, but that's just me. ...Read more

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When will adult croup stop?

When will adult croup stop?

Adult croup: Croup is by definition hoarseness, stridor (the sound of air moving through an obstruction), and hoarseness. Generally croup is an illness of childhood. There is one fixed area in the airway called the subglottis. Kids get croup because this area is small and when is swells in reponse to inflammation/infection, the area becomes more narrow. If you have a persisent barky cough, see a physician. ...Read more

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Can adults catches roseola?

Yes: When saying "catch", you would need to be more specific. As far as being a carrier, yes, they can, unless they had as a child. As far as having symptoms of it, much less likely, as it is common in children and adults have probably had it even if it was not diagnosed as such. ...Read more

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Is milk healthy for adults?

Is milk healthy for adults?

Yes: Milk is healthy for children, as well as adults, as it is rich in calcium and vitamin d. There are different options from a fat content standpoint so adults have a choice between non-fat, 1%, 2% or full fat. Young children should only be given full fat milk as their developing brain needs the fat. Consult with your doctor if you have questions. ...Read more

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Is strep worse as an adult?

Is strep worse as an adult?

Not Nessisarily: Strep throat can have a wide spectrum of severity in symptoms. Ibuprofen, salt water gargles and fluids help alleviate the pain. ...Read more

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Is pedialyte good for adults?

Is pedialyte good for adults?

Pedialyte: Adults?: Yes. I have a lot of patients who when they were sick chose this product to help they stay hydrated...There are even some products that try to play on this for adults. ...Read more

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Can adults get appendicitis?

Can adults get appendicitis?

Yes: Anyone with an appendix can get acute appendicitis. The incidence of appendicitis is higher in certain age groups, but affects people over a wide spectrum of ages. I have done appendectomies in 7 year olds and 87 year olds. ...Read more

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What causes stroke in adults?

What causes stroke in adults?

Etiology of stroke: Ischemic
hemorrhagic

thromboembolic
atherosclerotic

reversible
non-reversible

hypertension
high cholesterol
diabetes
smoking
irregular heart rhythm
thickening of blood
sleep apnea
age
family history
drugs. ...Read more

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Is there pedialyte for adults?

Is there pedialyte for adults?

For all ages, but: Pedialyte is a rehydration solution that is balanced to the specific needs of infants and children but can be used by all. However, the average adult with a bit of vomiting & diarrhea can get similar benefit by diluting gateraid half/half with water. The adult system has more resilience in such a setting. Things like apple sauce, jello and old fashion chicken soup can also be beneficial. ...Read more