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Tropical Sprue | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2329-891X

Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health
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Review Article

Tropical Sprue

John J Alvarez1*, Jonathan Zaga-Galante2, Adriana Vergara-Suarez2 and Charles W Randall3

1Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA

2Anahuac University School of Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico, USA

3Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA

*Corresponding Author:
John J Alvarez
Department of Medicine
University of Texas
Health Science Center San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Tel: 915-241-7000
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: December 23, 2013; Accepted Date: January 28, 2014; Published Date: January 30, 2014

Citation: Alvarez JJ, Zaga-Galante J, Vergara-Suarez A, Randall CW (2014) Tropical Sprue. J Trop Dis 2:130. doi:10.4172/2329-891X.1000130

Copyright: © 2014 Alvarez JJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Tropical Sprue has been a disease of decreasing significance over the past few decades. It’s been postulated that easier access to antibiotics, improved sanitation and better hygiene practices around the globe may account for this apparent decline in frequency of cases seen today. Despite such speculation, it is unknown if the incidence of Tropical Sprue is truly declining, or if cases are simply being under-reported or perhaps even misdiagnosed. In reality, the current literature supports the theory that Tropical Sprue continues to be a significant cause of malabsorption in certain geographical areas of the world. This study aims to review the existing body of literature on Tropical Sprue and to provide a contemporary look into the disease and how it is managed today.


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