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Differential diagnosis and investigation of malabsorption 

Differential diagnosis and investigation of malabsorption

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Differential diagnosis and investigation of malabsorption
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Julian R.F. Walters

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.151001

November 30, 2011: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 27 June 2017

Malabsorption by the gastrointestinal tract results in excess loss of dietary nutrients in the faeces and, if dietary intake does not increase to compensate, nutritional deficiency in the body. Digestion and absorption involve multiple processes in the entire gastrointestinal tract and hence a large number of different conditions can result in specific or generalized patterns of malabsorption....

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