Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tropical Sprue Underlying Cause

The exact cause for tropical sprue is unknown. Experts believe that an intestinal infection may initiate tropical sprue, leading to an over-growth of undesirable bacteria in the intestines. In turn, this damages the lining of the intestine, preventing the intestine from absorbing nutrients from food.

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Last Updated: Aug 14, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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