Short Bowel Syndrome
DefinitionShort bowel syndrome is a complication that can occur in people who have a large part or all of their small intestine removed.
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CausesShort bowel syndrome occurs when half or more of the small intestine is removed. It reduces the absorption of vitamins and minerals from food.
Risk FactorsFactors that may increase your chance of short bowel syndrome include:
- Crohn's disease—most common reason for the removal of the small intestine
- Vascular problems
- Premature birth or very low birth weight
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Intestinal atresias
SymptomsSymptoms of short bowel syndrome may include:
- Poor growth
- Weight loss
- Food sensitivities
DiagnosisYour doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Blood tests may also be performed to check for nutritional and absorption problems.
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