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Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) is a condition in which a large portion of the intestine has been removed by surgery. As a result, people can’t absorb enough nutrients or fluids from food and liquids to maintain good health.
SBS can also be caused by disease or injury that prevents the intestines from functioning properly despite normal length, which may lead to removal of the dysfunctional part of the intestines.
To make up for the inadequate absorption, additional nutrition or fluids from intravenous (IV) feeding (parenteral support) may be prescribed to help the patient.
Treatment for SBS
A common goal when managing people with SBS is to help the remaining bowel absorb enough nutrients and fluids from food. When the bowel absorbs more nutrition and fluids, it can help reduce the need to rely on parenteral support.
Learn more about GATTEX® and how it may help adults with SBS who are dependent on parenteral support.