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What causes blunting of the villi in the small intestine?

Michael Albertson, MD
Gastroenterology
Blunting of the villi in the small intestine can be caused by autoimmune diseases including thyroid disease and diabetes.
 
Certain medications can cause blunting of the villi as well. These include some blood pressure medications and some antibiotics. It's usually temporary, however. When you're off the medications, the villi can come back.

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