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Present Status of Subclinical Intestinal Malabsorption in the Tropics

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5785.454 (Published 20 November 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:454
  1. J. M. Falaiye

    Abstract

    A review of the literature on subclinical intestinal disease shows its probable relevance in certain nutritional deficiencies in the indigenous residents of tropical climates. A significant incidence of intestinal disease has been defined among asymptomatic fit-looking adult Nigerians. The results of subsequent investigation into the pathogenesis of this disorder strongly point to hypoalbuminaemia as the important factor capable of producing a biochemically and histologically defined malabsorptive state leading to subnormal nutritional status among members of this community.