Síntomas de Kwashiorkor

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La condición conocida como Kwashiorkor resulta de una ingesta inadecuada de proteínas. Los primeros síntomas son fatiga, irritabilidad y letargo. A medida que la privación de proteínas continúa, se comienza a observar insuficiencia de crecimiento, pérdida de masa muscular, inflamación generalizada (edema) y una inmunidad disminuida. También es común observar una barriga grande y protuberante. La incidencia de kwashiorkor en niños de los Estados Unidos es extremadamente baja, ya que está condición es más común en países donde hay escasez y hambre.

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  • Last Reviewed on 02/01/2012
  • Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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