Giardiasis and Zinc Absorption

Giardiasis and Zinc Absorption Curr Trop Med Rep (2017) 4:153–157 DOI 10.1007/s40475-017-0115-5 NUTRITION (K SCHLOSSER MONTES, SECTION EDITOR) Jorge T. Rodríguez Published online: 10 July 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 Abstract Introduction Purpose of Review Giardia lamblia is recognized as a one of the most prevalent protozoa and a frequent cause of Diarrheal disease has accompanied humankind since an- gastroenteritis, but there is also increasing evidence of cient times, especially affecting the pediatric population. extra-intestinal manifestations and long-term complica- Children under 5 years are the most vulnerable [1]. In tions after its clearance. Additionally, giardiasis has also 2015, 9% of the estimated 5.9 million deaths in this group been associated with a reduction in zinc absorption and was secondary to diarrhea [2]. other essential minerals. This article reviews the linking Giardia duodenalis (syn. G. intestinalis, G. lamblia)is one between Giardia and zinc absorption. of the most common intestinal parasites of humans worldwide Recent Findings Malabsorption of macro- and micronutrients [2, 3� , 4]. It is also a very common enteric parasite of domestic is a well-known condition in chronic giardiasis. The precise animals, particularly dogs and cats [4]. mechanism to blame is not clear yet, but it is definitely more Most individuals Current Tropical Medicine Reports Springer Journals

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