The clinical consequences of intestinal malabsorption are extremely variable and a dissociation between malabsorption, malabsorption syndrome and enteropathy is often noted. Enteropathy does not always results in malabsorption and in an alteration of the tests exploring the absorptive function. The following have particular relevance in clinical practice: coeliac disease, malabsorption induced by microbiologic agent (including Whipple's disease), post-surgical malabsorption and selective carbobydrate malabsorption. In particular, coeliac disease has been analyzed in its various aspects, from studies with organ cultures to immunological hypotheses, from the classical variety to subclinical forms and to serious complications, such as enteropathy-associated T cell lymphoma. Malabsorption syndromes are dramatically underdiagnosed: in the typical case of coeliac disease, enteropathy represents a clinical iceberg, and the discovery of the submerged portion, represented by the polymorphous subclinical varieties, has just started. As far as intestinal malabsorption is concerned, the main clinical problem regards diagnosis.
|Translated title of the contribution||Intestinal malabsorptions, coeliac disease and associated lymphoma: From symptom to diagnosis|
|Number of pages||30|
|Journal||European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 1|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
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