Short Bowel Syndrome

Definition

Short 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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Causes

Short bowel syndrome occurs when half or more of the small intestine is removed. It reduces the absorption of vitamins and minerals from food.

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of short bowel syndrome include:

Symptoms

Symptoms of short bowel syndrome may include:

Diagnosis

Your 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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