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Cystic fibrosis presenting as kwashiorkor in a Sri Lankan infant
  1. M Mei-Zahav1,
  2. M Solomon1,
  3. A Kawamura3,
  4. A Coates1,
  5. P Durie2
  1. 1Division of Respiratory Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, The Hospital for Sick Children
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr P Durie , Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8, Canada;


Growth failure is a common presentation of patients with pancreatic insufficient cystic fibrosis. However, full blown kwashiorkor is extremely rare. Cystic fibrosis is also considered to be rare in the South Asian population. This report describes a Sri Lankan infant with cystic fibrosis who presented with clinical features of severe kwashiorkor.

  • South Asian
  • cystic fibrosis
  • kwashiorkor

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