Short Bowel Syndrome

Short Bowel Syndrome

The condition in which there is short small intestine due to which nutrients does not absorbs well during digestion. It can cause malnutrition and several other diseases.


The signs and symptoms of short bowel syndrome include:Short Bowel Syndromes Symptoms Causes Treatment

  • Swelling in legs
  • Malnutrition
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Foul smelling stool
  • Mood swings
  • Anemia

Short bowel syndrome can be occurred due to the surgical removal of the small intestine. Some people born with short bowel. Small intestine can also damage by any accident or trauma to the abdomen.


After taking history and conducting physical examination your doctor might recommend the following tests:

  • Blood test to check complete blood count
  • Stool test to check the presence of any infective organism
  • X-ray with barium to see bowel clearly
  • CT (Computerized Tomography) scan of abdomen
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Treatment options include:

  • Nutritional supplement to recover the malnutrition
  • Vitamin B12 supplement to prevent anemia
  • Medications for diarrhea
  • Antacid for heartburn
  • Surgical procedure includes to slow the passage of food through the small bowel which increase the absorption on nutrition’s
  • Prevent infection
  • Maintain personal hygiene
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