Malabsorption: Impaired absorption of nutrients from the intestine

Symptoms of Malabsorption:

  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal bloating or cramping
  • Excessive gas (flatulence)
  • Greasy, foul-smelling stools
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Muscle wasting
  • Oedema (swelling) due to protein deficiency
  • Vitamin deficiencies leading to various symptoms such as anaemia, nerve damage, or bleeding disorders
  • Bone pain or fractures due to calcium and vitamin. malabsorption

Treatments for Malabsorption: Treat the cause

  • Dietary modifications:

Adjusting diet to avoid trigger foods and incorporating easily digestible foods.

  • Enzyme replacement therapy: 

Providing digestive enzymes to aid in the breakdown of nutrients.

  • Vitamin and mineral supplementation: 

Replenishing deficient nutrients through oral or injectable supplements.

  • Medications: 

Anti-diarrhoeal medications or antibiotics to treat underlying infections or bacterial overgrowth.

  • Probiotics: 

Introducing beneficial bacteria to the gut to improve digestion and nutrient absorption.

  • Lifestyle changes: 

Stress management techniques and regular exercise to promote overall digestive health.

  • Surgery: 

In severe cases or when complications arise, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct structural abnormalities or remove damaged portions of the digestive tract.

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