Malabsorption is suspected in patients with chronic diarrhoea, weight loss and anaemia. If the history suggests a specific cause, testing should be directed to that condition. If no cause is readily apparent, blood tests can be used to screen for consequences. Test results may suggest a diagnosis and further investigation, as treatment will depend on any underlying disease or condition.

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