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Tropical sprue

  • Definition

    Tropical sprue is a condition seen in residents of, or visitors to, tropical areas. It impairs the absorption of nutrients from the intestines, causing malabsorption.

    See also: Celiac disease - sprue

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The cause of this disease is swelling (inflammation) of the small intestine due to excess levels of certain types of bacteria in the intestines.

    Risk factors are:

    • Living in the tropics
    • Long periods of travel to tropical destinations