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Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS)



Short bowel syndrome, or SBS, is a highly disabling condition in which the body is unable to absorb enough nutrients and/or fluids through the gastrointestinal tract. SBS typically occurs in people who have had a significant portion of their small intestine surgically removed because of Crohn's disease, ischemia, cancer or other conditions.

People with SBS may experience symptoms and complications related to their difficulty in absorbing the proper amounts of minerals, nutrients, electrolytes and fluids. Common symptoms include diarrhea, often accompanied by dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss and fatigue.