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How do you treat short bowel syndrome?

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For mild cases, you may need to have several small meals a day, along with extra fluids, vitamins, and minerals. Your doctor will probably also give you medicine for diarrhea.

Treatment is the same for moderate cases, but from time to time, you may need extra fluids and minerals through an IV.

For more serious cases, you may get an IV feeding tube instead of eating meals. Or, you may have a tube placed directly into your stomach or small intestine. If your condition improves enough, you can stop the tube feedings.

In the most severe cases, people need IV feeding tubes all the time.

From: Short Bowel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Short Bowel Syndrome Overview."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Short Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Short Bowel Syndrome," "Treatments of Short Bowel Syndrome."

Medscape: "Short-Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Short Bowel Syndrome."

Short Bowel Syndrome Foundation: "About Short Bowel Syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Short Bowel Syndrome Overview."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Short Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Short Bowel Syndrome," "Treatments of Short Bowel Syndrome."

Medscape: "Short-Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Short Bowel Syndrome."

Short Bowel Syndrome Foundation: "About Short Bowel Syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 18, 2019

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