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Malabsorption as a complication of congestive heart failure

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Journal
The American Journal of Cardiology
0002-9149
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
11
Issue
1
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DOI: 10.1016/0002-9149(63)90029-8

Abstract

Abstract Fat absorption by using radioactive neutral fat and fatty acid technics, has been measured in 25 patients with chronic congestive heart failure. In 56 per cent of the group definite mal-absorption was present with evidence of both a digestive as well as a primary absorptive defect. Treatment with diuretics or pancreatic supplements resulted in improved absorption. Histologic examination of the pancreas and small intestine in several of these patients demonstrated the presence of mucosal and interstitial congestion and edema which may help explain the results obtained.

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