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Observations on Secondary Malabsorption Syndromes of Intestinal Origin.

H. H. Scudamore, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(5):1049-1050. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-54-5-1049_3
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A malabsorption syndrome may develop in the presence of several different diseases or conditions in which absorption from the small intestine is impaired. A classification of these conditions is presented, with a consideration of the pathophysiologic factors leading to impaired absorption. Special emphasis is given to the malabsorption syndrome that may be associated with the following disease states: regional enteritis, amyloidosis, actinic enteritis, scleroderma, Whipple's disease, lymphomas, internal fistulas, and diverticulosis. The clinical manifestations of each of these syndromes are discussed and exemplified with illustrative cases. The differential diagnosis between nontropical sprue and related conditions is considered. The importance of


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