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Trop Doct. 2012 Jul;42(3):182-4. doi: 10.1258/td.2012.120155.

Pellagra: a non-communicable disease of poverty.

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Thyolo District Hospital, Thyolo, Malawi.

Abstract

Pellagra is a disease of poverty that is treatable but easily overlooked. The disease is caused by a deficiency of niacin and is clinically characterized by the triad of dermatitis, diarrhoea and dementia. We describe two cases of pellagra in a Malawian district hospital and discuss the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and treatment of the disease.

PMID:
22785547
DOI:
10.1258/td.2012.120155
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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