Tropical sprue (TS) is a syndrome characterized by acute or chronic diarrhea, weight loss, and malabsorption of nutrients. It occurs in residents. Tropical Sprue; Kwashiorkor. Sprue, both tropical and nontropical, has been a subject of great interest to the medical community ever Sp: Esprue tropical. Tropical sprue is a chronic diarrheal disease, possibly of infectious origin, that involves the small intestine and is characterized by.

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Aliment Pharmacol Ther 21 — Retrieved from ” https: Clin Microbiol Rev 5 — Common variable immunodeficiency occurs sporadically in residents of the tropics, and may present primarily as a malabsorption syndrome.

Tropical sprue is caused by inflammation of your intestines.

Tropical sprue and megaloblastic anaemia, Wellcome Trust collaborative study. These five women don’t make it look easy.

N Engl J Med — Gastroenterology — Three stages of the disease are noted, ranging from an apparently benign disease stage A to a clear lymphoma stage C. It may follow as a sequel to epidemics of acute gastroenteritis. Dig Dis Sci 42 — Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office, J Gastroenterol Hepatol 13 — Tropical sprue is an acquired disease of unknown aetiology, characterised by malabsorption, multiple nutritional deficiencies and mucosal abnormalities in the small bowel.


Am J Gastroenterol 92 — Quantitative stool fat estimation is the most reliable test of malabsorption in the tropics.

Diagnosis of tropical sprue can be complicated because many diseases have similar symptoms. J Pathol 98 [ PubMed ]. This is esrpue season that comes with a lot of demands on our time and energy. This disease may, however, cause significant morbidity, although it is eminently treatable with broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Tropical sprue: revisiting an underrecognized disease.

Infection with this protozoan is common in the tropics and is tropiczl a cause of diarrhoeal illness in visitors to the tropics. Nutrition in Crohn’s disease. Examination of at least three faecal specimens is recommended for optimal diagnosis of the infection.

Gut 24 — Ann Trop Med Parasitol 64 — Intermittent or persistent diarrhoea occurs, while steatorrhoea, anaemia and hypoproteinaemia are common.

In recent years, inflammatory bowel disease and coeliac disease have become major causes of malabsorption in the tropics. Symptomatic chronic infection of the small bowel leads to malabsorption. Lancet — Ratsch I Ssprue, Catassi C.


This can cause a number of different symptoms. There is no known prevention for tropical sprue other than avoiding tropical locations. Indian J Gastroenterol 24 23— An epidemic of tropical sprue in southern India.

Tropical Sprue

In this study, we report the clinical presentation of 12 tropical sprue patients along with the histologic changes of the intestinal mucosa and compare it with those of a series of cases of gluten-sensitive enteropathy, the condition with which it is most frequently misdiagnosed. Stool cultures are rarely diagnostic in this setting but are performed in selected patients.

Abdominal angina Mesenteric ischemia Angiodysplasia Bowel obstruction: Immunoproliferative small intestinal disease: Diseases of the digestive system primarily K20—K93— The prognosis for tropical sprue may be excellent after treatment. Gastroenterology 58 — Nutrient malabsorption in tropical sprue arises from involvement of both the proximal and distal small intestine.