The jejunal mucosa in protein-energy malnutrition. A clinical, histological, and ultrastructural study

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  • The jejunal mucosa of five children with protein-energy malnutrition was studied before and after treatment by histological and fine structural techniques. In the three most severely ill patients in whom a subtotal mucosal atrophy was found, the ultrastructural appearances of the absorptive cells and the endothelium showed a decrease in endoplasmic reticulum, dilated vesicles and numerous vacoules probably of phagocytic type. These changes responded to oral and/or intravenous therapy but the advisability of oral feeding is questioned in view of the severe structural abnormalities found. © 1973.
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  • Shiner M; Redmond AOB; Hansen JDL
  • Start Page

  • 61
  • End Page

  • 78
  • Volume

  • 19
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  • 1