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How to distinguish CELIAC SPRUE and TROPICAL SPRUE??

How to distinguish CELIAC SPRUE and TROPICAL SPRUE??

Infection vs allergy: Celiac sprue occurs when your body develops IGA antibodies to a components of wheat (gluten,gliaden). These antibodies then attack your intestinal absorptive surfaces and injure them.Poor nutrient absorption then occurs, and continues to occur as long as your diet includes the foods that contain gluten.Tropical sprue describes the same poor absorption, but the cause is an infection of the bowel. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of tropical sprue severe?

Tropical sprue: It can be. The symptoms of tropical sprue -- not to be confused with celiac sprue -- can be severe, which can include severe diarrhea, ongoing fluid losses, malabsorption of nutrients, and profound weight loss. If left untreated, it can lead to death. The lining of the intestines is inflamed and damaged. Interestingly, the cause is still unknown but thought to be related to an infectious trigger. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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Which tests are needed to be positive for proper diagnosis of TROPICAL SPRUE in INDIA?As I have chronic inflammation in duodenum but cause is unknown.

Which tests are needed to be positive for proper diagnosis of TROPICAL SPRUE in INDIA?As I have chronic inflammation in duodenum but cause is unknown.

H Pylori: Get tested for H Pylori first. If negative then other things. Basic food and water and sanitary conditios are more responsible for your symptoms. More likely you have chr amebiasis/giardiasis/parasites. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Depends: Ulcerative colitis can affect the terminal ileum and if that is the only part of small intestine affected, there is no need to invoke a second disease. This should best be discussed with your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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How to take tetracycline 500mg(2 times a day) for tropical sprue for best outcome?? I mean before meal or after meal??

How to take tetracycline 500mg(2 times a day)  for tropical sprue for best outcome??  I mean before meal or after meal??

Tetracycline: Do not take tetracycline with food, especially dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. Drink a full glass of water with each dose of tetracycline and take it two hours after eating or two hours before eating. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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Are there any new treatments for tropical sprue?

Not aware of: Treatment with frolic acid and antibiotics. For a complete info please read: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000275.Htm. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for celiac sprue? Can you get rid of it by not eating any wheat at all?

Is there a cure for celiac sprue?  Can you get rid of it by not eating any wheat at all?

No: Just like rheumatoid arthritis or autoimmune thyroid disease, once you have this it has you, forever. Any time you consume gluten in the future, new autoimmune antibodies will be generated that will attack your gut. Research is ongoing to shut down this reactivity, but such treatment is a future hope, not a present reality. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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How to take tetracycline tablets 250mg four times a day for tropical sprue?? And any special precautions??

Tetracycline/sprue: Tetracycline sensitizes skin to sun exposure so that sunscreen is very important to prevent sunburn and skin damage. Drinking milk with it impairs absorption. It is best taken one hour before meals or 2 hours after meals. Bactim 2Xs a day is easier. Schedule doses. http://www.webmd.com/drugs/mono-73-TETRACYCLINE+-+ORAL.aspx?drugid=5919&drugname=Tetracycline+Oral ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of tropical sprue severe?

Tropical sprue: It can be. The symptoms of tropical sprue -- not to be confused with celiac sprue -- can be severe, which can include severe diarrhea, ongoing fluid losses, malabsorption of nutrients, and profound weight loss. If left untreated, it can lead to death. The lining of the intestines is inflamed and damaged. Interestingly, the cause is still unknown but thought to be related to an infectious trigger. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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How to distinguish CELIAC SPRUE and TROPICAL SPRUE??

Infection vs allergy: Celiac sprue occurs when your body develops IGA antibodies to a components of wheat (gluten,gliaden). These antibodies then attack your intestinal absorptive surfaces and injure them.Poor nutrient absorption then occurs, and continues to occur as long as your diet includes the foods that contain gluten.Tropical sprue describes the same poor absorption, but the cause is an infection of the bowel. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for tropical sprue?

Not aware of: Treatment with frolic acid and antibiotics. For a complete info please read: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000275.Htm. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
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