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A 5-year-old girl from sub-Saharan Africa is brought to the health clinic by her mother because of diarrhea for the past 4 weeks. Her pulse is 150/min, and blood pressure is 80/40 mm Hg. Physical examination shows edema of the face, abdomen, and legs. She is listless and has reddish hair. Serum albumin concentration is 1.2 g/dL. Compared with a healthy child, which of the following findings is most likely in this girl?

A) Decreased interstitial fluid volume

B) Decreased interstitial hydrostatic pressure

C) Decreased plasma oncotic pressure

D) Increased capillary hydrostatic pressure

E) Increased plasma volume


decreases plasma oncotic pressure.possibly kwash patient.


I agree. Kwarshiorkor.

Red hair
Low albumin secondary to fatty liver :arrow: low oncotic pressure :arrow: edema (belly, legs)


i too agree with low plasma oncotic pressure...possibly kwkar


I am sorry there is no answer b/c this is from nb..
But that was my choice also.


I also think that it might be the loss of oncotic pressure

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