Blind loop syndrome, vitamin E malabsorption, and spinocerebellar degeneration

Mitchell F. Brin, Michael R. Fetell, Peter H.A. Green, Herbert J. Kayden, Arthur P. Hays, Myles M. Behrens, Herman Baker

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A 72 -year-old man had severe malabsorption, progressive retinopathy, and spinocerebellar degeneration 32 years after gastric surgery, blind loop formation, and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Clinical and pathologic features were typical of vitamin E deficiency; vitamin E was nearly undetectable in serum and profoundly low in adipose tissue. Vitamin E blood levels initially improved on treatment with antibiotics; after additional vitamin E supplementation, there was clinical improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-342
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1985
Externally publishedYes


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