Short Bowel Syndrome

  • Thomas Jaksic
  • Brian A. Jones
  • Melissa A. Hull
  • Shimae C. Fitzgibbons


To appreciate the complexities of short bowel syndrome, the disease should be thought of as a functional disorder rather than a simple anatomical abnormality. For this reason, many experts in the field now prefer the term intestinal failure (IF) as a more appropriate description of this syndrome. The true definition of IF is a reduction of the functional gut mass below the level needed to allow adequate digestion and absorption of enteral fluids, electrolytes, and nutrition to sustain hydration, electrolyte balance, and growth.


Parenteral Nutrition Short Bowel Syndrome Bacterial Overgrowth Intestinal Failure Intestinal Atresia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Jaksic
    • 1
  • Brian A. Jones
  • Melissa A. Hull
  • Shimae C. Fitzgibbons
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric SurgeryChildren’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA

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