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Chronic diarrhea since returning from Black Africa. "Think of tropical sprue"!
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1800887     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Tropical sprue is a diagnosis about which we have to think when we are confronted to a patient back from overseas. We examined a young man back from Central African Republic where he got diarrhoea which keeps going on in France, with alteration of his general condition and stigmata of malabsorption. Taking advantage of such observation, the authors report on the present knowledge about that disease peculiar to tropical zone. Biological elements of malabsorption are associated to partial emaciation of villi of small intestine. As a matter of fact, diagnosis is made by elimination. Its pathogenesis remains unknown and is linked to some troubles of intestinal microbism of which exact causes has not been yet put into evidence. An easy treatment by tetracycline and folic acid is a true diagnosis test, as general condition is set up again, as well as villi intestinalis.
Authors:
F Klotz; M Guisset; J M Debonne
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Médecine tropicale : revue du Corps de santé colonial     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0025-682X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Trop (Mars)     Publication Date:    1991 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-23     Completed Date:  1992-04-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8710146     Medline TA:  Med Trop (Mars)     Country:  FRANCE    
Other Details:
Languages:  fre     Pagination:  467-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Médecin des Hôpitaux, Service Hépato-gastro-entérologie, Hôpital d'Instruction des Armées Laveran, Marseille-Armées.
Vernacular Title:
Diarrhée chronique au retour d'Afrique noire "penser à la sprue tropicale"!
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Central African Republic
Diagnosis, Differential
Folic Acid / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
France / ethnology
Humans
Male
Military Personnel*
Sprue, Tropical / diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  physiopathology
Tetracycline / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
59-30-3/Folic Acid; 60-54-8/Tetracycline

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