How We Help
At METANU, we are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of malabsorption and the nutritional management of the disorders malabsorption may occur in. A multidimensional plan of care, including individualized laboratory and radiological tests, and pharmacologic, lifestyle and dietary interventions, will be provided. Access to our registered dietitian will be regularly available as we assist you in best managing this disease. We may also provide additional nutritional support based on your individual needs, which may include parenteral nutrition (IV nutrition), enteral nutrition, and vitamin and mineral supplementation. Our physician nutrition specialist, nurse practitioners, and dietitians have the expertise to manage all the needs of patients with malabsorption.
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Malabsorption is a disease process that affects the small intestine’s ability to digest or absorb nutrients from food. Malabsorption can be present in a spectrum of disorders including, but not limited to, celiac disease, short bowel syndrome, chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and pancreatic cancer. Malabsorption may also occur as a side effect of many bariatric surgeries, as well as surgeries of the colon, pancreas, and stomach. The most common symptom of malabsorption is chronic diarrhea. Other symptoms include foul-smelling, pale greasy stools (also known as ‘steatorrhea’), abdominal bloating and/or gas, weight loss despite adequate oral intake, decreased muscle mass, generalized weakness, fatigue, and depression. Malabsorption can adversely affect quality of life and therefore requires proper awareness, diagnosis, and treatment.