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Noncommunicable Diseases in Crisis Regions 

Noncommunicable Diseases in Crisis Regions
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Noncommunicable Diseases in Crisis Regions
Author(s):

Sujatha Sankaran

, Sriram Shamasunder

, Marcia Glass

, and Mhoira E.F. Leng

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190066529.003.0010
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date: 02 April 2020

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) include a broad umbrella of illnesses that do not have an infectious etiology and usually need a chronic disease approach. Much of the challenge behind caring for patients with NCDs in resource-limited settings is the paradigm shift that many patients require from receiving medical care for acute illnesses to managing chronic illnesses. A few common NCDs are reviewed here—cardiomyopathies, dementia, cirrhosis, malignancies, and kidney disease. The etiologies and symptomatic management of each of these conditions in crisis regions are reviewed.

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