Malabsorption

Malabsorption is the inability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat by the small intestine. Light-colored, foul-smelling, and bulky stools are the main symptoms. The causes of malabsorption are cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and some infection of the small intestine.

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What can cause low WBC count?

Query: Hi doctor, My father-in-law is 58 years old. He had a stroke a year back and has been diagnosed with non-critical CAD. Within a period of two months, his WBC count has reduced from a range of 7.5 to 2.8. But, there is no sign of infection. The overall count of ANC is more than 1000 and platelets are...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my findings are as follows. Your dad is suffering with macrocytic anemia along with leukopenia (low level WBC) and pancytopenia (deficiency of RBC, WBC and platelet). There is only a slight decrease in the number of platelets, so you need not w...  Read Full »

I am having explosive diarrhea since three months. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having diarrhea since three to four months. What actually is happening is I am getting large amount of water which is clear with small broken pieces of feces. Also, I can see tissue like (lace-like) mucus like things in my feces. I have abdominal discomfort when I do not defecate....  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your symptoms, you could have a chronic infection or inflammatory condition of the colon associated with malabsorption. It could be a number of things so we need to approach in a stepwise manner. If symptoms are associated with certain food intakes like dairy or g...  Read Full »

Why do I have high hemoglobin and hematocrit values?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. I have a history of celiac disease and a past medical history of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a stage 2 cervical lymph node and tumors in my chest. I had a blood test last week which showed B12 and folic acid deficiency, raised hemoglobin of 161 and raised hematocrit of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having celiac disease in which because of malabsorption vitamin B12 deficiency and folate deficiency can occur. This deficiency also can be developed if polycythemia present in which proliferation more. Here hemoglobin and HCT is high as per history. Hence if ...  Read Full »

Why am I experiencing rapid weight loss and different stool color?

Query: Hello doctor, About 18 months ago, my stomach distended, and my stool turned from brown to light brown and eventually yellow. After that, I started to lose weight at a rapid rate, 40 lbs in 15 months. I was given multiple blood tests, an upper endoscopy, and abdominal ultrasounds. The only thing of...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cause of your weight loss could be maldigestion, malabsorption or systemic illness. Improper digestion occurs due to a lack of pancreatic enzymes secretion. Malabsorption occurs due to intestinal issues, for example, Celiac disease, infection or inflammation of t...  Read Full »

Do my symptoms suggest celiac disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have always had weird symptoms and I think I have celiac disease. I also think that the combination of all my symptoms may mean something. I was tested once for thyroid problems and once for Lyme disease because I had a big, dangerous tick-bite rash. I am 19 years old and according t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for sharing your detailed history with us. There is a very strong possibility that you have malabsorption syndrome. There are various types of malabsorption syndromes and celiac disease is one of them. You have signs of multiple essential nutrient ...  Read Full »

Why do I feel lethargic, and am I not able to digest milk and ghee?

Query: Hi doctor, My left nose has been blocked for a few years and some thin material is coming out of it. I am always feeling tired. I cannot digest ghee, milk and my stomach always feels empty. My body heat level is high and I am sweating more. I am also losing weight and getting thin. My blood report a...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please share with me if you have been having abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Also, please let me know if you have the similar symptoms when you eat yogurt and cheese. I think you are having lactose intolerance. That is causing malabsorption of the important multiv...  Read Full »

Vitamin B12 is not being absorbed in my body. What can I do about that?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a few problems. Vitamin B12 is not being absorbed in my body. CRP level is high. Vitamin D is low. MPV is high. Platelet count is normal but has elevated homocysteine levels. Kindly suggest what has to be done.  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Vitamin B12 needs a high oral dose that has to be taken. Moreover, PPI (proton pump inhibitor), antibiotic therapy, intense gastritis, etc., further reduce its absorption. I suggest taking intravenous (IV) Vitamin B12. Take it according to the local guidelines. CRP ...  Read Full »

Are ferritin and hypothyroidism related?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34-years-old woman with hypothyroidism, currently taking Euthyrox 100 mcg. I was found to have low levels of ferritin 30 ng/mL in a routine examination. So my doctor recommended a change in my diet and to make a treatment of iron hydroxide polymaltose. I did both, but my ferri...  Read Full »


Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is hard to say the reason for your low ferritin level.Either you have low iron in the diet, had heavy menstrual bleeding for a while, or have a problem absorbing iron. You have normal iron and low ferritin, which is probably due to low iron stores but enough to have norm...  Read Full »

What causes tingling sensations and tremors in the entire body at rest?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 22 years old with a weight of 43 kilograms and a height of five feet. I have a tingling sensation all over my body, especially in my hands, arms, and feet. I also have pins and needles on my fingertips and toes. I also get tremors when I lay down or when I sit in a comfortable positio...  Read Full »


Dr. Ankush Gupta Dhaniram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As all your tests are normal, I am considering that the blood sugar levels are normal. There are numerous reasons to have tingling sensations and tremors during the resting stage. You can have malabsorption leading to nutrition deficiency. There are other numerous reaso...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my malabsorption, rosacea, and oral thrush?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from malabsorption, rosacea, and oral thrush. I think it is a GI issue of some kind, but not sure. Could someone please give me an idea of what I have and how to treat the issue?  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Mostly rosacea is associated with malabsorption syndrome in cases of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial outgrowth). It could be associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I need to know about your blood sugars and thyroid status. Also, I need to know what medicatio...  Read Full »

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