Short Bowel Syndrome
Short bowel syndrome happens when half or more of the small intestine is removed. It reduces how much vitamins and minerals are absorbed from food.
A person with short bowel syndrome may have:
- Cramping or bloating
- Poor growth
- Weakness or fatigue
- Weight loss
- Trouble after eating some foods
The goals of treatment are to help a person have the right fluid and nutrient intake, and to manage symptoms. This can be done with:
- Fluids or nutrition given through an IV
- Advice on what to eat, how much, and when
- Supplements to help get more needed vitamins and minerals
- Medicines to help food stay in the intestines longer so more nutrients can be absorbed
- Surgery to implant a small bowel and replace what was removed
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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