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What are the complication of kwarshiorkor in children?

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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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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 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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Could u please explain the complications of burr hole evacuation... Whether there is any relation with neck stability in children..?

Could u please explain the complications of burr hole evacuation... Whether there is any relation with neck stability in children..?

Unrelated: A burr hole is a hole drilled through the bone of the skull. This will allow the neurosurgeon to insert needles or catheters or fiber optic instruments in order to take out or evacuate something abnormal. The hole left will be able to be felt even when all else has healed. There is no association that i know of with neck stability problems. ...Read more

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Hi,my GF bleeds when she lifts heavy stuff. Shes 32 and never had children.Can that bleeding lead to any complications in the future for conception ?

Hi,my GF bleeds when she lifts heavy stuff. Shes 32 and never had children.Can that bleeding lead to any complications in the future for conception ?

Not normal: No woman should bleed when they lift something heavy. Bleeding means there is some tissue injury, If this happens, it should be evaluated in the near future. ...Read more

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What are complications that occur in children with the flu?

What are complications that occur in children with the flu?

See Below: Most of the time, kids recover from the flue without any problems. They can get ear infection, viral or bacterial pneumonia, or rarely, infection of the heart. ...Read more

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What complications are common in diabetes mellitus type 1 in children?

What complications are common in diabetes mellitus type 1 in children?

Several: Complications of poorly controlled type 1 diabetes is similar to type 2 and include heart disease, blindness, nerve damage, wounds that don't heal possibly leading to amputation, and kidney damage. The earlier you develop diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the higher the risk of developing complications. ...Read more

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Because of having a fibroid at age 24 that if i wait 1 to 2 more years do you have any more children i may be at high risk of complications.. True?

Because of having a fibroid at age 24 that if i wait 1 to 2 more years do you have any more children i may be at high risk of complications.. True?

Depends: It really depends on where the fibroid is, as to whether or not it can affect a pregnancy. So long as the fibroid isn't in the center or lining of the uterus, doesn't typically interfere with pregnancy. Sometimes really big fibroids, those > 20cm in diameter, can make pregnancy painful, but rarely cause complications. ...Read more

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Twin girls, one dies complications of histiocytosis x (dod 1985) other twin has had no evidence. Are her children at risk?

Twin girls, one dies complications of histiocytosis x (dod 1985) other twin has had no evidence. Are her children at risk?

Most likely no...: Langerhans cell histiocytosis is usually not inherited and typically occurs in people with no history of the disorder in their family. A few families with multiple cases of langerhans cell histiocytosis have been identified, but the inheritance pattern is unknown. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and wanting children in the future what possible complications could a unborn child have (on epillim 2000mg)?

I have epilepsy and wanting children in the future what possible complications could a unborn child have (on epillim 2000mg)?

Valproate syndrome: In studies reported in the 80's and 90's infants exposed to valproate alone during pregnancy had a variety of issues. About a third showed a recognizable pattern of altered facial features, abnormalities in the formation of the heart, and occasional cleft lip or meningomyelocele. Growth and mental deficiencies were also seen occasionally. ...Read more

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How can I check for long term complications from bacterial meningitis for young children?

How can I check for long term complications from bacterial meningitis for young children?

FOLLOW UP NEUROLOGY: Neurology appt some residual neurologic damage may persist for life, young brains recover better than old brains. Most viral meningitis leave no residual disease , but bacterial meningitis produce more inflammatory reaction and more tissue damage, hence most likely to cause residual (hearing and cognitive )occacionaly behavior like adhd. ...Read more