Palumboism is a disorder that affects the body’s ability to break down protein. The prolpotein can’t be broken down and thus builds up in the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, and kidney. Symptoms are abdominal pain, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, cramps or constipation.
The protein cannot be located for digestion because it is trapped inside cells which makes food intake difficult. When this disorder goes untreated it can lead to serious difficulties with the lymph system and the blood. It also can cause enlargement of parts of the body like spleens or livers due to extensive tissue damage from not enough food being digested properly to eliminate waste materials from these areas which increases vulnerability for infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Because of this, those with the disorder are treated to eat a high-protein diet which includes supplements such as TPN or total parenteral nutrition, labile proteins, and others. In some cases where the disorder is milder it can be managed by eating a high protein diet as well as taking vitamins and minerals to compensate for what is not being digested. It is most commonly found in men and children, most with the disorder are between the ages of 10 and 30 years old. The most common cause for this disorder is said to be from an accident or trauma such as with car accidents or sports injuries which lead to muscle damage.