Short Bowel Syndrome: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of short bowel syndrome?

Children with short bowel syndrome usually have severe malabsorptive diarrhea. This can lead to complications including:

  • Dehydration
  • Growth impairment and failure to thrive
  • Electrolyte abnormalities
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Other problems often seen in children with short bowel syndrome:

  • Feeding difficulties
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Bacterial overgrowth
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

Complications related to TPN therapy

  • Liver disease
  • Bloodstream infections related to central venous catheters