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Short Bowel Syndrome

Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is caused by a shorter surface area of the small intestine that limits the absorption of the essential nutrients when compared to the average person. This condition may be likely to occur in select instances following previous surgery in which a part of the intestine may have been removed, along with other conditions described below.

SBS Symptoms

The signs that often accompany SBS are, as follows.

  •  Weight loss
  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Greasy stools
  • Edema
  • Blood in stools
  • Lethargy
  • Increasing abdominal distention

 Your Physician Consultation

 Your physician will conduct a detailed medical history intake, the Q and A for Your Doctor  and may proceed with other testing, such as: 

  • Blood tests to reveal the vitamin, electrolyte and other symptoms
  • C-Tenterography is performed in order to view the intestine.
  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

Conditions that May be Associated with SBS

 The syndrome usually occurs following malnutrition, low levels of electrolyte, vitamin deficiency and possible other factors.

SBS Treatment

Treatment options may include, but may not be limited to:

  • Antidiarrheal Medicine
  • Vitamin supplement to amend for the deficiency.
  • Lactase supplement
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Surgery for intestinal lengthening.

 SBS Outcomes

 While there is no cure, continuous medication, proper nutrition and surgery may improve the condition.  

 Next Visit, Q and A for Your Doctor

It is important to recognize that medications and medical procedures are associated with benefits and risks that should be discussed with your physician. It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition.