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Identifying & Treating Malabsorption Syndrome

Malabsorption syndrome is a dangerous condition that can cause serious issues in affected patients. This article is all about malabsorption syndrome – what it is, and how to prevent / treat the condition.

What is Malabsorption Syndrome?

Malabsorption syndrome is a condition in which the body is unable to properly absorb the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to thrive. Malabsorption can be caused by a variety of things, such as:

  • HIV
  • Celiac disease and other conditions that affect the intestine
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diseases caused by parasites in the GI tract
  • Certain surgical procedures that impact the intestinal tract


Symptoms of Malabsorption Syndrome

There are a variety of signs that may indicate a diagnosis of malabsorption syndrome. Some of the common symptoms of malabsorption syndrome include:

  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Gas & Bloating
  • Frequent Diarrhea


Treating Malabsorption Syndrome

Treatment of malabsorption syndrome must begin at the diagnosis stage. Your GI doctor can make a diagnosis by performing a physical exam, examining your medical history, and ordering various lab tests. Treating malabsorption syndrome requires providing nutritional support to the patient, while addressing the underlying cause of the condition.

Chaska Gastro Doctor


If you are experiencing symptoms of malabsorption syndrome, contact a gastroenterologist today. At Bhatti GI, we treat patients throughout Minnesota for a wide range of gastrointestinal issues. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over the course of his twenty years at a gastroenterologist. We work with each and every patient to make sure they understand their treatment and feel comfortable every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about banding and how it can help you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Bhatti GI today at our Edina or Chaska GI clinics to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti.

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Sunday, 19 August 2018