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How is malabsorption treated?

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Treatment for malabsorption syndrome depends on the cause.

You may be put on a special diet of foods that are more easily digested and absorbed. You may also be given supplements to make up for the nutrients you're not absorbing well.

Sometimes the cause of malabsorption syndrome is an intestinal tract that's too active. Medicines may be prescribed to help it relax and give nutrients more time to enter your bloodstream.

If an infection is the cause, you may be prescribed antibiotics.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Malabsorption syndrome.”

Merck Manual: “Overview of Malabsorption.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Malabsorption.”

Celiac Disease Foundation: “What is celiac disease?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Your Digestive System and How It Works.”

Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource: “Vitamins and Minerals.”

National Health Service: “Malnutrition.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Nutrition and IBD.”

Orlando Health: “Malabsorption.”

Ohio State University Medical Center: “Gastrointestinal (GI) Modified Diet for Malabsorption.”

NIH. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Upper GI Endoscopy.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 24, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Malabsorption syndrome.”

Merck Manual: “Overview of Malabsorption.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Malabsorption.”

Celiac Disease Foundation: “What is celiac disease?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Your Digestive System and How It Works.”

Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource: “Vitamins and Minerals.”

National Health Service: “Malnutrition.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Nutrition and IBD.”

Orlando Health: “Malabsorption.”

Ohio State University Medical Center: “Gastrointestinal (GI) Modified Diet for Malabsorption.”

NIH. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Upper GI Endoscopy.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 24, 2019

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