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Differential diagnosis and investigation of malabsorption

Julian R.F. Walters

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.151001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Differential diagnosis and investigation of malabsorption

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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....

Chapter.  2890 words. 

Subjects: Gastroenterology

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