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Short Bowel Syndrome

How We Help

The goals of treatment for short bowel syndrome are to promote adaptation of the existing bowel, maintain adequate nutritional status, and manage symptoms and complications. At METANU, we identify your nutritional deficiencies and provide nutritional support based on your individual needs. Nutritional support may include parenteral nutrition, enteral nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplement, and dietary interventions. Our physician nutrition specialist, nurse practitioners, and dietitians are trained to provide expert nutritional support for the complex needs of patients with short bowel syndrome.

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Short bowel syndrome is a group of problems related to poor absorption of nutrients. Short bowel syndrome typically occurs in people who have had at least half of their small intestine and sometimes all or part of their large intestine removed, significant damage of the small intestine, or poor motility inside the intestines.

People with short bowel syndrome cannot absorb enough water, vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, calories, and other nutrients from food, resulting in malabsorption.  The main symptom of short bowel syndrome is diarrhea. Diarrhea can lead to dehydration, malnutrition, and weight loss. These problems can be severe and can be life threatening without proper treatment.

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