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Malabsorption

Definition

Malabsorption is difficulty in the digestion or absorption of nutrients from food.

Causes

Malabsorption can result from a wide range of diseases. Typically, malabsorption can be the failure to absorb specific sugars, fats, proteins, or vitamins. It can also be a general malabsorption of food. Diarrhea, bloating or cramping, failure to thrive, frequent bulky stools, muscle wasting, and a distended stomach may accompany malabsorption.

Malabsorption can affect growth and development, or it can lead to specific illnesses. Some of the causes of malabsorption include:

Symptoms

  • Avoiding specific foods
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Bloating and gas
  • Growth failure

Exams and Tests

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Treatment

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Outlook (Prognosis)

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Possible Complications

Long-term malabsorption can result in malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call to make an appointment with your health care provider if you notice symptoms of malabsorption.

Prevention

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