SANFORD OXENHORN, M.D.; SOLOMON ESTREN, M.D.; LOUIS R. WASSERMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; DAVID ADLERSBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The common denominator of the clinical entities variously known as non-tropical sprue, tropical sprue, celiac disease and idiopathic steatorrhea is impaired intestinal absorption of various dietary substances. The etiology of these syndromes is not known, but evidence for a hereditary predisposition as well as environmental factors has been documented. In the broader view of today, these several clinical entities may be grouped together under the term "malabsorption syndrome" and considered a complex metabolic disorder, the focal point of which is disturbed intestinal absorption.1 In addition to primary malabsorption syndrome, somewhat similar clinical pictures may be seen in intestinal resection, blind
OXENHORN S, ESTREN S, WASSERMAN LR, ADLERSBERG D. MALABSORPTION SYNDROME: INTESTINAL ABSORPTION OF VITAMIN B1212. Ann Intern Med. ;48:30–38. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-1-30
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(1):30-38.
Celiac Disease and Malabsorption, Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
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