kwashiorkor /kwash·i·or·kor/ (kwahsh″e-or´kor) a form of protein-energy malnutrition produced by severe protein deficiency; caloric intake is usually also deficient. Symptoms include retarded growth, changes in skin and hair pigment, edema, immune deficiency, and pathologic changes in the liver


She is 2 years old and weighs 23 pounds.  Several of those pounds are from the swelling in her body.  She is suffering from kwashiorkor.  Her mother died a few months ago of fever.   He is left at home with three other children, all older the Laframene.  He is working hard in his garden to try to produce a good crop so that he can feed each of them.

He walked about 5 hours (one way) up and down the mountains to get to the clinic. 


She is two years old and weighs 25 pounds.  She has had two siblings die from fever.  There are two other children at home.  She is also suffering from kwashiorkor.

Her dad walked over 4 hours (one way) to get to the clinic. She is in a lot of pain and has open wounds.  These wounds are caused by her skin splitting open from the swelling caused by the kwashiorkor.


[kwä′shē·ôr′kôr] a malnutrition disease, primarily of children, caused by severe protein deficiency that usually occurs when the child is weaned from the breast. The child does not lose weight as dramatically and does not look as sick as a marasmic child, who lacks both protein and calories. Some now believe kwashiorkor may relate to bacterial grain contamination and occur when the newly weaned child begins to ingest grain products. Eventually the following symptoms occur: retarded growth, changes in skin and hair pigmentation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nervous irritability, lethargy, edema, anemia, fatty degeneration of the liver, necrosis, dermatoses, and fibrosis, often accompanied by infection and multivitamin deficiencies. Because dietary fats are poorly tolerated in kwashiorkor, its treatment includes a skimmed milk formula in initial feedings, followed by additional foods until a full, well-balanced diet is achieved. 

One Response to Kwashiorkor

  1. Kristy Kuenzi says:

    Oh……….I just breaks my heart! Thank God for you!!!

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