What causes a infant to have congential chloride diarrhea?
Congenital chloride diarrhea is very rare. When an infant is born with this it means that the infant does not absorb electrolytes properly, especially chloride. The baby can actually show symptoms before he or she is even born. Electrolyte imbalances can be very dangerous, even life threatening. Symptoms include a very watery diarrhea, failure to thrive, low chloride levels, low sodium levels, low potassium levels, an excess of amniotic fluid before birth, and dehydration. It is caused by a recessively inherited genetic defect. Treatments usually address the symptoms of this defect.
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