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
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:
Semrad CE, Powell DW. Approach to the patient with diarrhea and malabsorption. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 143.
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