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    How do you explain that concentration camps survivors even diagnosed with severe protein insufficiency had no edema? My teacher said that it's due to lymphatics but doesn't the same happen in kwashiorkor (swollen bellies in malnourished African children) or in liver failure? Thank you.


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    I'd always thought that kwashiorkor was a childhood disease and it seems that it is largely so.

    Kwashiorkor is most common between the ages of 1 and 4 years, but can occur in infancy; it is seen with equal frequency in both sexes. It may also occur in adult life, when it is almost invariably a complication of some parasitic or other infection (e.g., strongyloidiasis).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AkirosKirios View Post
    How do you explain that concentration camps survivors even diagnosed with severe protein insufficiency had no edema? My teacher said that it's due to lymphatics but doesn't the same happen in kwashiorkor (swollen bellies in malnourished African children) or in liver failure? Thank you.
    I don't know exactly but I think it must be same as why anorexia people don't have edema...
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