Gastrointestinal Functions

Editor(s): M. Lentze, E.E. Delvin NNI Workshop Series (NNIW) vol. 46 , 1999
  • Malabsorption

    Author(s): C.M. Mansbach

    Malabsorption is a large topic that covers a variety of states in which the small intestine absorbs any nutrient incompletely. This can range from congenital malabsorptive states (e.g., Hartnup disease) in which basic amino acids are poorly absorbed, to immunologically induced problems (e.g., gluten sensitive enteropathy), to iatrogenic problems (e.g., gastric resection or radiation-induced injury), or to the ' 'programmed'' malabsorptive state of lactose in older children.

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