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December 6, 1965

Tropical Sprue in North Americans

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Gastroenterology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC (Lt Col Sheehy); Martin Luther Medical Center, Anaheim, Calif (Dr. Cohen); Division of Medicine, Womack Army Hospital (Capt Wallace), and US Army-John F. Kennedy Center for Special Warfare (Maj Legters), Fort Bragg, NC.

JAMA. 1965;194(10):1069-1076. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090230037009

The incidence of tropical sprue among North Americans living temporarily in Puerto Rico was found to be approximately 8% annually. Preliminary surveys of returnees from certain parts of Southeast Asia suggest that the incidence may be even higher in that part of the world.