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glossary:short_bowel_syndrome [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +A condition due to loss of half or more of their small intestine removed because of surgical removal or [[disease]] of the small intestine. Common reasons for removing part of the small intestine include [[surgery]] for [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​phpBB2/​viewtopic.php?​t=39|Crohn'​s disease]]; necrotizing enterocolitis,​ an infectious [[inflammatory]] [[disease]] of premature newborns; intestinal atresia, failure of development of part of the intestine; and volvulus, which occurs when the bowel gets twisted and the [[blood]] supply is impaired. ​
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 +Diarrhea is the main symptom of short bowel syndrome. Other symptoms include floating stools and foul-smelling stools, intestinal cramping, bloating, and heartburn. Many people with short bowel syndrome are malnourished because their remaining small intestine is unable to absorb enough water, [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_vitamins_nutrition.htm|vitamins]],​ and other nutrients from food. They may also become dehydrated, which can be life threatening. Problems associated with dehydration and malnutrition include weight loss, weakness, fatigue, [[anemia]], and bacterial infections. ​
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 +Treatment options include changes in [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​wiki/​doku.php?​id=the_lymphedema_diet|diet]],​ intravenous feeding, vitamin and [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_minerals_amino_acids.htm|mineral supplements]],​ and medicine to relieve symptoms. Also called small intestine insufficiency.
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 +Common Misspellings:​ short bowel syndrone, short bowl syndrome, short bowl syndrone ​
  
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