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Malabsorption Causes

A number of factors may impact the ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients, including: errors in the digestive process; failure to produce certain digestive enzymes; structural defects or tumors growing in the intestine; intestinal infections; inflammatory processes; congenital defects; and a wide range of other diseases. In addition, recent injury or surgical removal of portions of the small intestine may also cause malabsorption.

Malabsorption Definition

Malabsorption is a condition characterized by impaired absorption of nutrients from the GI tract, affecting the small intestine's ability to adequately absorb nutrients that are essential for the normal functioning of the body.

Malabsorption Diagnosis

Malabsorption may be diagnosed on the basis of personal medical history, physical examination, blood tests, and stool studies. Sometimes, an intestinal biopsy may be needed for further analysis.

Malabsorption Symptoms and Signs

Malabsorption is a complex syndrome with a wide range of symptoms linked to disorders in the intestinal absorption of nutrients. In general, malabsorption invariably manifests with weight loss, anorexia, abdominal bloating, gas, steatorrhea (or fatty stools), and muscle cramps. Other symptoms are caused by the nutrient deficiency that results from malabsorption, including: weakness, anemia, and fatigue that may develop from a lack of iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid.

Malabsorption Treatment

Treatment for malabsorption depends on the specific nutrient being inadequately absorbed. Typical measures are dietary restrictions along with certain medications like antibiotics, enzyme replacements, or anti-diarrehals. In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct any anatomical defect or related causative condition.

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