Tropical Sprue Treatment
Treatment for tropical sprue may include antibiotics, vitamin B supplements, and iron supplements. Complications of tropical sprue include anemia, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances, largely due to chronic diarrhea. Without treatment, tropical sprue leads results in severe malnutrition. Treatment usually includes the long-term administration of antibiotics and folic acid. Success is indicated by a reduction in symptoms, weight gain, and the correction of anemia.
Treatment for tropical sprue includes:
- Intravenous fluids:
- Antibiotics for tropical sprue:
- Vitamin B supplements:
- Iron supplements
- Blood transfusion:
Additional treatment for malabsorption may include:
Tropical Sprue Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of tropical sprue.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for worsening tropical sprue?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Continue to Tropical Sprue Home Care
- Farrell JJ. Overview and diagnosis of malabsorption syndrome. Semin Gastrointest Dis. 2002 Oct;13(4):182-90. 
- Ginsburg PM, Janefalkar P, Rubin DT, Ehrenpreis ED. Malabsorption testing: a review. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2000 Oct;2(5):370-7. 
- Salerno G, De Franco A, La Rosa S, Calistro V. Malabsorption syndromes. Rays. 2002 Jan-Mar;27(1):19-34.