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Dr. Richard Mangus
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Short Bowel Syndrome (Overview)

Short bowel is the condition where too much intestine is removed resulting in insufficient ability to maintain nutrition. Conditions such as ischemia or crohn's disease can require large resections of bowel resulting in this condition. Often, patients require special medications to rehab their remaining bowel, peripheral nutrition, or even small bowel transplants.


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What is the definition or description of: short bowel syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: short bowel syndrome?

Insufficient bowel: Short bowel is the condition where too much intestine is removed resulting in insufficient ability to maintain nutrition. Conditions such as ischemia or crohn's disease can require large resections of bowel resulting in this condition. Often, patients require special medications to rehab their remaining bowel, peripheral nutrition, or even small bowel transplants. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Mangus
24 doctors shared insights

Short Bowel Syndrome (Overview)

Short bowel is the condition where too much intestine is removed resulting in insufficient ability to maintain nutrition. Conditions such as ischemia or crohn's disease can require large resections of bowel resulting in this condition. Often, patients require special medications to rehab their remaining bowel, peripheral nutrition, or even small bowel transplants.


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What is short bowel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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After having surgery for colon cancer, how do I best handle short bowel syndrome symptoms?

After having surgery for colon cancer, how do I best handle short bowel syndrome symptoms?

Please clarify: Short bowel syndrome results from removal of a significant portion of the small intestine, which is responsible for nutrient absorption. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. The colon is responsible for water absorption, therefore, removal of a large portion of the colon may increase the frequency of bowel movements, but will not cause profound nutritional deficiencies. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old daughter was diagnosed with short bowel syndrome when she was born. She has been pooping on her self lately so what's going on?

My 3 yr old daughter was diagnosed with short bowel syndrome when she was born. She has been pooping on her self lately so what's going on?

See your doc!: This sort of thing is unusual. An increase in the number of bowel movements should be investigated further. It can mean that the bowel is not absorbing the food nutrients effectively, and that it is just passing through. Has your child's diet changed? Another cause could be an infection. Ignoring this situation could cause dehydration or irreversible damage, so you really need to see her doctor. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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What are the causes of short bowel syndrome?

Surgery: Surgical removal of the majority of the small intestine is what causes short bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Visit your medical provider for accurate diagnosis
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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more