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This is a chronic diarrhoeal disease that is due to the flagellate protozoal parasite, Giardia lamblia, which attaches to, but does not invade, the small bowel.

This disease is associated with malabsorption, particularly of carbohydrate and fat. Presentation is of chronic persistent, or recurrent diarrhoea with very offensive stools, abdominal distension and weight loss. Children may show failure to thrive from lack of fat soluble vitamins.

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