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What causes short bowel syndrome?

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  • Adults usually have about 20 feet of small intestine. Those with short bowel syndrome usually have at least half of their small intestine missing or removed. There are a lot of reasons why this might happen. Some babies are born with bowel problems that damage parts of the intestine. Others are just born with shorter bowels. Most often, short bowel syndrome happens after surgery to remove a large part of the small intestine. Doctors may remove the small intestine as part of a treatment for: Crohn’s disease, a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease that causes belly pain, diarrhea, and other digestive problems
  • Cancer
  • Damage from cancer treatment, like radiation therapy
  • Bowel injury

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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