Short bowel syndrome is a condition that prevents a person from
digesting food and absorbing nutrients properly. It occurs when a large amount
of the small intestine has been surgically removed or is affected by disease
(such as Crohn's disease).
The main symptom of short bowel syndrome is watery diarrhea.
A person with short bowel syndrome usually needs a special diet
along with vitamin and mineral supplements. Complications may include kidney
stones, gallstones, and significant weight loss.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology