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This late 1960s photograph, was captured inside a relief camp during the Nigerian-Biafran war, and depicted a close view of a child’s feet, highlighting a symptom of a protein deficiency disorder known as kwashiorkor, referred to as pedal edema, which involves severe swelling of the legs and feet. This patient, also depicted in PHIL 6901, exhibited symptoms including light-colored, thinning hair, known as flag sign, anemia, a potbelly, and shiny skin. These relief camps provided feeding wards where doctors from the National Communicable Disease Center (NCDC) were on call 24-hours a day, monitoring 100 or more, malnourished, stage-four kwashiorkor children.
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