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Bacteria microorganisms that can cause infection.
Chronic illness any long-standing loss or abnormality or bodily function (refers to changes in the individual’s body).
Cirrhosis of the liver cirrhosis is not a disease. It is the extensive scar tissue that forms as the result of damage to the liver, and may lead to decreased liver function.
Diabetes Mellitus the endrocine portion of the pancreas produces insufficient or no insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for controlling the blood levels of glucose and for the absorption of glucose in the cells of the body. Glucose is needed for energy.
Dysplasia any abnormality of growth, abnormal size or shape. In Shwachman-Diamond syndrome patients, this term may be used to describe abnormalities of the skeleton.
Endocardial fibrosis damage to the lining of the heart and valves.
Fat Soluble vitamins Vitamins, A, D, E and K. The vitamins that depend on normal digestion to be absorbed properly.
Hepatomegaly enlarged liver, without necessarily affection function.
Hypotonia poor muscle tone.
Ichthyosis a condition in which the skin is dry, rough or scaly.
Immunodeficiency reduced ability of the body’s immune system to fight infections.
Intravenous injection directly into the vein.
Medium chain triglycerides fats which are most easily absorbed by the body. These can be found in palm oil and coconut oil, for example.
Polyunsaturated fats fat that is liquid at room temperature.
Renal tubular dysfunction a malfunction of the fine tubular part of the kidney, through which water and certain substances are reabsorbed back into the blood.
Steatorrhea presence of excessive fat in the stool.
Xerophthalmia eye disorder caused by vitamin A deficiency, results in severe damage to the cornea.