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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is malabsorption syndrome / protein losing gastroenteropathy?

A condition where the intestines cannot absorb or reabsorb protein well, resulting in 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

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal discomfort

  • Diarrhea that improved with lactose-free milk

  • Stool smells sour

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

  • Fatigue

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

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose malabsorption syndrome / protein losing gastroenteropathy

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Do you have greasy and smelly stools?

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Do you have any discomfort (not pain) in your abdomen or stomach?

  • Does your diarrhea improve when you drink lactose-free milk?

Treatment for malabsorption syndrome / protein losing gastroenteropathy

This is treated by fixing the cause e.g. heart failure, inflammation of the bowels. In the meantime, dietary changes (more protein, less fat) may help.

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