Kwashiorkoris a severe form of Malnutrition . It's most common in some developing regions of the world where babies and children have a diet that lacks protein and other essential nutrients.

The main sign of kwashiorkor is too much fluid in the body's tissues, which causes swelling under the skin (oedema) . It usually begins in the legs, but can involve the whole body, including the face.

This topic covers:

Symptoms of kwashiorkor

What causes kwashiorkor

Diagnosing kwashiorkor

Treating kwashiorkor

Recovering from kwashiorkor

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 7 Sep 2016