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Malabsorption Syndrome

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A malabsorption syndrome occurs when the small intestine is unable to absorb a sufficient amount of nutrients from food that has been consumed. This metabolic disorder may occur in patients with celiac disease, those who have undergone intestinal surgery, or possibly due to a genetic disease or medication they are taking. Sometimes, the body is unable to produce certain enzymes that are required to digest various foods, with chronic pancreatitis being another causative factor. Patients who have a close family member with a malabsorption disorder, who regularly consume significant amounts of alcohol or who use certain laxatives and other medications are more likely to be diagnosed with a malabsorption syndrome.

The specialists at Diabetes and Endocrine Institute of Tampa are a go-to resource for patients with all forms of metabolic and malabsorption disorders. They can ensure that your body is processing the right nutrients to keep you functioning and feeling well, so if you are experiencing the symptoms below and your primary care physician suspects you may have a malabsorption syndrome, contact us at 813.615.7620 or fill out an online appointment request form today. You’ll be glad you did!

Symptoms

  • Bloating and gas
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Fluid retention
  • Hair loss
  • Low blood pressure
  • Soft, bulky and light-colored stools
  • Weight loss

Causes and Risk Factors

  • Antibiotics
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Over-consumption of alcohol
  • Pancreatic, liver and bladder diseases
  • Intestinal infection, inflammation and/or injury
  • Intestinal surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Short bowel syndrome

Diagnostic Methods

  • Stool tests
  • Biopsy

Treatments

  • Nutrient and fluid replacement
  • Dietary modifications
  • Close monitoring for dehydration