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Short bowel syndrome


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Overview


Short bowel syndrome is a group of problems involving the small intestine that causes poor absorption of nutrients from food.[1] The main cause of short bowel syndrome is surgical removal of half or more of the small intestine to treat intestinal diseases, injuries, or defects present at birth. Signs and symptoms may include diarrhea, cramping, bloating, heartburn, dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, food sensitivities, weakness, and fatigue. Examples of treatment include diet and nutritional support, and in some cases intestinal transplantation.[1]
Last updated: 4/29/2011

References

  1. Short Bowel Syndrome. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/shortbowel/index.htm. Accessed 4/29/2011.
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  • The University of Washington's Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Web site has a resource page for parents on short bowel syndrome. Click on the link above to access this page. 
  • The Children's Hospital Boston Web site as a resource page on short bowel syndrome for parents and families. Click on the link above to access the page.

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