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Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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What is Malabsorption Syndrome / Protein Losing Gastroenteropathy?

A condition where the intestines can't absorb or reabsorb protein well, leading to low blood protein levels. This causes symptoms like water retention in the legs, lungs, and abdomen.

Typical Symptoms of Malabsorption Syndrome / Protein Losing Gastroenteropathy

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Greasy stools that float, associated with problems with digestion

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

  • Stool smells sour

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Abdominal discomfort

  • Diarrhea that improved with lactose-free milk

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Malabsorption Syndrome / Protein Losing Gastroenteropathy

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Are your stools greasy and smelly?

  • Did you have any cold or stomach flu before your fever started?

  • Do your stools smell sour?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen or stomach is bloated?

Treatmentof Malabsorption Syndrome / Protein Losing Gastroenteropathy

This is treated by addressing the cause, such as heart failure or bowel inflammation. Meanwhile, dietary changes (more protein, less fat) may help.

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Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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