What is it?

Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) is an intestinal malabsorption condition, due to insufficient length of the small intestine. SBS occurs after surgical procedures in which parts of the small intestine were removed, or due to congenital defects or problems at birth the required surgeries. Conditions that frequently lead to these types of surgeries include Crohn's disease and cancer.

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Additional names

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- Short bowel syndrome

Signs & symptoms

Short Bowel Syndrome symptoms include diarrhea, foul-smelling stools, oily stools, fatigue, weight loss, malnutrition, and swelling in the lower extremities.


Short Bowel Syndrome diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include stool tests, and imaging tests.


Treatment may include nutritional supplements and special diet medications to help control stomach acid, reduce diarrhea or improve the absorption. Sometimes surgeries will be recommended.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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