Pronounced: Mal-ab-sorp-shunEn Español (Spanish Version)
Malabsorption is when the body is not able to get the nutrients it needs from food. Although food is digested, the body has trouble absorbing certain vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, or fats.
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Malabsorption is associated with a number of diseases that affect the intestines or other areas of the gastrointestinal tract such as:
- Lactose intolerance
- Celiac disease
- Intestinal parasites
- HIV/AIDS, cancer, or treatment for those diseases
- Whipple disease or other bacterial infections
- Crohns disease
- Cystic fibrosis
Inadequate digestion due to:
- Bacterial overgrowth syndrome
- Gastric resection—removal of all or part of the stomach
- Inadequate function of the pancreas
- Excessive production of gastric acid
- Short bowel syndrome or previous bowel removal
- Liver disease
Last reviewedMay 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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