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    Malabsorption Syndrome

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    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.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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