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Why do the bellies of malnourished children protrude so much?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care

In brief: Belly protrusion

The abdomen protrudes due to multiple factors: fluid buidup in the empty spaces in the abdominal cavity due to protein deficiency; accumulation of fat in the livers due to lack of proteins to transport fat away from the liver; and the concurrent exposure in some cases of parasitic infestation.

In brief: Belly protrusion

The abdomen protrudes due to multiple factors: fluid buidup in the empty spaces in the abdominal cavity due to protein deficiency; accumulation of fat in the livers due to lack of proteins to transport fat away from the liver; and the concurrent exposure in some cases of parasitic infestation.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Protein malnutrition

The protein in our diet is converted to usable aminoacids and plasma proteins that keep fluid inside blood vessels during the bloods transit throughout the body.
Malnourished kids leak enema fluid (water) into the organs & tissues because there is not enough protein in the blood to keep it from happening. The kids may look fat, but rather than fat this is water in organs & tissues.

In brief: Protein malnutrition

The protein in our diet is converted to usable aminoacids and plasma proteins that keep fluid inside blood vessels during the bloods transit throughout the body.
Malnourished kids leak enema fluid (water) into the organs & tissues because there is not enough protein in the blood to keep it from happening. The kids may look fat, but rather than fat this is water in organs & tissues.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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