Question

A child complains that he is suffering from a loss of appetite. It is noticed that his face has bulging eyes and his legs have become long and curved. Which diseases is he suffering from?

A

Marasmus

B

Pellagra

C

Kwashiorkor

D

Xerophthalmia

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Solution

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Correct option is B)

In Pellagra, there is loss of appetite, vomiting, weakness, irritability and aggression, abdominal pain. One suffering from pellagra also has diarrhoea, and curving of the extremities of limbs.
Marasmus is deficiency of energy intake in all forms while kwashiorkor is deficiency in proteins. Xerophthalmia is a condition where the eye fails to produce tears.
Therefore, the correct answer is option B.

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