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Malabsorption 

Malabsorption
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Malabsorption
Author(s):

Philippe Ducrotté

and Philippe Chassagne

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0144
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date: 17 August 2019

The clinical challenge of recognizing then treating malabsorption is crucial in older patients, in whom the consequences in terms of both morbidity and mortality are more severe. This challenge is reinforced by a frequent atypical clinical presentation delaying the diagnosis in many cases. Indeed, as in many diseases that occur in old patients, symptoms such as weight loss are often considered to be related to altered appetite or increased catabolism rather than to malabsorption. We now have substantial evidence that malabsorption in older people should not be ascribed to the ageing process and should be evaluated in the same way as malabsorption occurring in younger patients. In an older patient, there may be several contributory causes.

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