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Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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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.

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

  • Abdominal discomfort

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Diarrhea that improved with lactose-free milk

Questions your doctor may ask to check for malabsorption syndrome / protein losing gastroenteropathy

  • 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?

Treatment for 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 (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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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