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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. Thomas Fiala
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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 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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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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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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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 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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Medicine for memory?

Medicine for memory?

Meds for memory: There really is no medication specifically for memory. There are medications that can help improve concentration. Some holistic stores sell natural supplements that promote themselves as good for memory. ...Read more

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What is category x drug?

What is category x drug?

Do not use if pregna: Category x drugs are contraindicated for use in pregnancy due to studies demonstrating evidence of serious fetal abnormalities in animals, humans, or both such that fetal risks clearly outweigh maternal benefit. Check out http://www. Empr. Com/drugs-contraindicated-in-pregnancy/article/125914/ for more info, including partial list. ...Read more

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What is topical medicine?

Outside: It's a medication or substance that goes on that outside such as creams, ointments or drops. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine?

What is the best medicine?

Laughter, of course: Sorry for the glib answer. Since there are thousands of medicines for thousands of conditions, could you be more specific in your question. Overall, I think antibiotics are one of the most amazing inventions in the history of mankind. ...Read more

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What is medicine for acidity?

What is medicine for acidity?

Mylanta: Try otc mylanta or tums (calcium carbonate). Beside medications eat on time. Avoid spicy food. Medications like asprin and Ibuprofen should be avoided. If symptoms persists see your doctor. ...Read more

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What drugs are safe and unsafe?

What drugs are safe and unsafe?

Many of them: This is not an easy answer since there are many drugs categorized as unsafe. The american porphyria foundation has good resources on drug safety: http://www. Porphyriafoundation. Com/testing-and-treatment/drug-safety-in-acute-porphyria. Just because a drug may be listed as unsafe doesn't mean it's unsafe for everyone. However, it's important to use caution with any drug that is potentially unsafe. ...Read more

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What is best medicine for dadar?

What is best medicine for dadar?

Dadar??: Could you possibly mean dandruff? I'm sorry I don't know what dadar is. .. please resubmit for clarification, at least to me:) ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for pe?

What is the best medicine for pe?

Blood thinner: For PE (pulmonary embolism), there are many options including aspirin, Coumadin, (warfarin) Xarelto, Pradaxa, Lovenox, Arixtra, unfractionated heparin. Which is better depends on your specific case and cannot be stated at this point. ...Read more

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Do all medicines come from plants?

No: But many medicines do come from plants. ...Read more

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Is there any organic medicine yet?

Yes: But you have to be really careful. Because there is not enough study. Medicine is a science based on the evidence. ...Read more

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Is oxyplatin a good drug for mcrc?

Is oxyplatin a good drug for mcrc?

Yes: It is one of the chemo agents used in conjunction with Xeloda (capecitabine) (oral 5FU) or in the chemo combination with Folinic acid, 5 FU and the oxaliplatin as FOLFOX. The platinum targets DNA but in tumors the localization site is on tumor membrane where DNA localizes possibly in the form of mutated mitochondrial DNA ...Read more

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What kind of medicine shouls I use?

For what?: What symptoms are you having? We can't offer any guidance without more details. So ask again, with specifics. ...Read more

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Polarax tablet is medicine for what?

Polarax tablet is medicine for what?

Polarax: This medication is an antihistamine which is used for itching and hives ...Read more

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What is medicine urclar 500 mg for?

What is medicine urclar 500 mg for?

Infection treatment: Urclar is a trade name for clarithromycin. It belongs to the class of macrolides and is used in the treatment of systemic infections. ...Read more

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What is good medicine for high tbil?

High tbil: Find out the cause and treat that. Some just have an inherited problem that increases it a bit and not a problem. Discuss with your team. ...Read more