Malabsorption Syndrome

malabsorption syndrome

Malabsorption Syndrome

Terms You Should Know

Absorption : The process of nutrients passing from the intestines into the blood stream. 

Anus : Opening at the end of the rectum that allows solid waste to be eliminated. 

Anaemia : A decrease in the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream, characterized by pallor, loss of energy, and weakness. 

Atrophy : Wasting away of a tissue or organ, often because of insufficient nutrition. 

Cystic fibrosis : : A hereditary genetic disorder. Thick, sticky secretions from mucus-producing glands cause blockages in the pancreatic ducts and the airways. 

Colon : The large intestine. 

Digestion : The process of breaking down food into its simplest chemical compounds so that it can be absorbed. 

Duodenum : The first portion of the small intestine. It connects the stomach to the small intestine. 

Edema : From the Greek word meaning swelling, an excessive accumulation of fluid in the tissue spaces. Excessive generalized edema may also be referred to as ascites. 

Glutan enteropathy : A hereditary malabsorption disorder caused by sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Also called non-tropical sprue or celiac disease. 

 Ileum:The last portion of the small intestine that connects to the large intestine. 

Immune system : The body's natural defense system that fights against disease.

 Inflammation : A response to tissue injury that causes redness, swelling and pain. 

Jejunum : The middle portion of the small intestine. 

Large intestine : Also known as the colon. 

Rectum : Lowest portion of the colon.

Small intestine : Connects to the stomach and large intestine . It also absorbs nutrients. 

Short bowel syndrome : A condition in which the bowel is not as long as normal, either because of surgery or because of a congenital defect. Because the bowel has less surface area to absorb nutrients, it can result in malabsorption syndrome. 

Steatorrhea: An excessive amount of fat in the stool. 


Malabsorption refers to a clinical condition in which a number of nutrients are not normally absorbed from the intestines. Lipids absorption is almost always affected. At times absorption of single nutrients is selectively affected.

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