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What is short bowel syndrome?

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Your bowels are made up of two parts -- the large intestine, also called the colon, and the small intestine. Short bowel syndrome usually affects people who’ve had a lot of their small intestine removed. Without this part, your body can’t get enough nutrients and water from the food you eat. This causes bowel troubles, like diarrhea, which can be dangerous if you go without treatment.

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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