Gastrointestinal System

{"ops":[{"insert":"Diagnosis and reasoning"},{"insert":"\n","attributes":{"header":1}},{"insert":"Our patient is a 30-year-old woman with a history of chronic diarrhea; this disease entity may be inflammatory, malabsorptive, or watery in origin.\n\nStool examination provides a reliable way to differentiate between the above; in our patient\u0027s case the results point towards a malabsorptive form. This is supported by the presence of angular stomatitis.\n\nCauses of malabsorption include celiac disease, parasitic infestations, long-standing inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic insufficiency, intestinal bypass, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, and Whipple\u0027s disease.\n\nCommon parasitic infestations include giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis. Both of these are unlikely in our patient, as there is no history of travel or drinking unfiltered water, "}]}

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