Tropical Sprue is a generalized condition where absorption from
the small intestine is impaired following a trip to a tropical country.
specific cause is unknown but it usually follows an infection.
It is present in Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, India, Puerto Rico,
South and Central America, Fiji, Middle East and Northern Australia.
Symptoms occur months to years after returning and vary.
diarrhea, abdominal bloating, weights loss and anorexia. Other infectious
agents need to be excluded.
Endoscopy can confirm the diagnosis.
may include: vitamin supplements and a long course of antibiotics.
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