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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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