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Gastrointestinal problems are frequently found in Americans who have been in Southeast Asia. The experience of the gastroenterology section of a military hospital has been reviewed and demonstrates that diseases that are endemic to that tropical region, as well as more familiar diseases, must be considered in the evaluation of these problems.
Although infectious diseases are usually diagnosed and treated before return to this country, bacterial and parasitic infections may be found. Malaria exhibits a wide range of gastrointestinal manifestations, including ileus, bleeding, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. These symptoms appearing after return to the United States may be the first
Katz J. Gastrointestinal Disorders in Americans Returning from Southeast Asia.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:1068. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1068_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1068.
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