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What is short bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Too Little Intestine: Certain medical conditions require emergency removal of a significant amount of the small intestine. We see this in infancy associated with necrotizing enterocolitis and in adults when the blood supply to the small intestine is cut-off. The small bowel is responsible for digesting nutrients within our diet; if a lot of the small intestine is missing, nutritional deficiencies occur.
Answered on Apr 30, 2016
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