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Are the symptoms of tropical sprue severe?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more


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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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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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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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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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My celiac test came negative but i had lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate in lamina propria (Duodenum). Can it be tropical sprue as i am from India???

My celiac test came negative but i had lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate in lamina propria (Duodenum). Can it be tropical sprue as i am from India???

Maybe, or...: ...its clinical significance may be as yet undefined. Try this reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=lymphoplasmacytic+infiltrate ...Read more