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    Malabsorption Syndrome

    Malabsorption Syndrome

    Topic Overview

    Malabsorption syndrome is the poor absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream.

    Causes include:

    Symptoms may include:

    • Gas, bloating, and vague abdominal discomfort.
    • Frequent diarrhea and foul-smelling stools.
    • Weakness and weight loss.

    Treatment depends on the cause and may include a special diet, medicine to replace intestinal enzymes or reduce spasms, and vitamin or mineral supplements, such as B12 and iron.

    Credits

    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
    Last Revised September 9, 2011

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