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Inadequate absorption of food

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Inadequate absorption of food causing failure to thrive may itself be caused by:

Intrinsic reasons:

  • coeliac disease
  • lactose intolerance
  • pancreatic insufficiency, as caused by cystic fibrosis
  • inflammatory bowel disease

Extrinsic reasons:

  • parasitic infestation, for example giardiasis
  • tropical sprue

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