FAQ - Malabsorption Syndromes
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What should i do to curb malabsorption syndrome problem?

Here are some ideas that will help:

Eat a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates and low in fats.

Include in the diet well-cooked brown rice, millet, oatmeal, and steamed vegetables.

Aloe vera and peppermint aid digestion.

Alfalfa, dandelion root, fennel seed, ginger, and nettle are rich in minerals and can aid the body in absorbing nutrients.

Consume fresh papaya and pineapple often. Chew four to six papaya seeds after meals.

Black pepper contains piperine, which aids in the diĀ­gestion and absorption of nutrients.

Do not eat large meals, as this places too much stress on the digestive system. Instead, eat smaller portions of food throughout the day.

Do not eat meat or meat products. Meats are difficult to digest and are acid-forming.

Do not consume wheat products until healing is complete.

Avoid using mineral oil or other laxatives. Especially avoid using them for extended periods, as dependence and damage to the colon may result.  (+ info)

My sister has fructose malabsorption, any web sites that give good recipes on what she can eat?

Fructose malabsorption means that she can't eat anything with fructose in it. that means no fruits, no nuts, and no wheat.

Here is one that I found by putting in 'fructose malabsorption recipes' into Google:


Here is the entire Google search. Could you not have done that yourself?

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=fructose+malabsorption+recipes&meta=&aq=f&oq=  (+ info)

Is there an alternative medicine for Malabsorption?

I have been suffering from malabsorption for a couple of years. I am not gaining any weight even though i increased my diet intake, although I have not lost any weight. I have severe case of flatulence and farts smell bad. My stool also smells bad. Does any Yoga or Bikram Yoga or Any alternative medicine cure or help this?

yes, i had a dog with this problem.
I went to the health food store:I bought digestive enzymes for him:the enzymes had to be taken with the first mouthful/first bite of food.my dog gained weight, diarrhoea stopped.
he lived 11 years.
You can also buy pancreatin at the health store:it is an extract from the cows or pigs pancreas. it works wonderful!  (+ info)

Can malabsorption syndrome cause Parkinson's disease or parkinsonism?

parkinsonism is due to deficiency in l-dopa levels ins the basal ganglia ,its not related to malabsorption ,its can be due to major tranquilizers side effects and called parkinsonism ,or parkinson disease which arises de novo  (+ info)

How to treat a malabsorption syndrome?

You have to treat the underlying disease.

You can help counter the effects of malabsorption by increasing calories and adding vitamin and mineral supplements. But you shouldn't just grab some bottles at Wal-Mart. Your physician can order a nutritional and metabolic lab workup, then refer you to a dietician who can help you increase your input to counter the nutrients you're losing through your gut.

(My son has malabsorption and takes in more than 4,000 calories a day -- in an attempt to keep his weight at around 80 lbs. He's 5-ft.)  (+ info)

Can you have malabsorption without weight loss?

My doctor thinks that I am suffering from some sort of malabsorption problem, as in food is moving through my system too quickly. I haven't lost any weight though. Sorry for the TMI but the malabsorption makes sense when you consider my bowel movements, but the absense of weight loss is kind of perplexing to me. Does this ever happen?

Look up Habba Syndrome. I went thru a years worth of severe diarrhea, dizziness, folic acid deficiency, and about every test known to man. Habba fits my symptoms, and it sounds like it does yours too. It's not a wide spread diagnosis, so your dr might not be aware of it.... it's new to the medical community. Take the info to your dr on it, and see what they say.  (+ info)

How is Malabsorption of sugar and fat treated medically?

I have been finding recently that I am getting all the symptoms of sugar and fat absorption, plus my blood glucose levels seem to be constantly low no matter what I eat.

I has not actually been diagnosed, but if I am right and this is what is happenng, which I am pretty certain it is, how would it be treated?

Please specify what your situation is . .symptoms of absorption or malabsorption of sugar and fat. You do realize that eating or not eating is what you are talking about? You are not making any sense.

Further, after eating, every calorie consumed is converted to a type of glucose, that is, a simple sugar. So how would you know about your blood sugars?  (+ info)

What is the differences between these syndromes?

Can someone tell me a little about
~downs syndrome
~fetal alcohol syndrome
~high functioning autism
~asperger's syndrome

What causes these syndromes?

even if you just know some info on one topic, please tell me.

my son has down syndrome
it is a chromosomal defect affecting the 21st pair of chromosomes. what happens is that the 21st pair (when it splits) splits wrong and causes a third little chromosome to be present. hence the name: Trisomy 21. that defect is in every single cell of someone with down syndromes body. they say that it is a fluke of nature..and there is no known cause for this disorder. there is also no cure.

i am as educated in the other disorders but i hope i helped you to better understand down syndrome. check out this link that can help you more on Down Syndrome =]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_syndrome  (+ info)

Can anyone tell me about digestive malabsorption disorders?

My primary care doctor has referred me to a gastroenterologist for evaluation for a possible malabsorption problem. My only symptoms are unexplained weight loss of a little over 10% of my body weight over the past 6 months and somewhat frequent bowel movements (not diarrhea, just 'going' 3-4X/day, almost always in the morning). My appetite, diet and activity level remain unchanged and I feel fine. I'm too skinny as it is and very worried about losing any more weight.

For the record, I'm a 43-year-old female in otherwise good health; I do have a family history of pancreatic, prostate and colon cancer.

Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms? If so, what was your diagnosis?

I appreciate any insights.

Sounds like Celiac Disease!You have all the symptoms and the family history is very telling. Be sure to ask the GI for the blood test series to test for CD. If it is CD, count your blessings! What other disease can be treated by only the gluten free diet!! No pills, no surgeries, nothing! Just don't eat gluten!! Its amazing!! I had all those symptoms as you and the family history was the same!! I had the consitpation, bloating, (diarrhea or frequent Bm's is another symptom of CD, its different for everyone). dental problems, infertility, stomach pain, bleeding, hair loss, weight loss then gain, acne, sinus problems, ovarian cysts. ALL attributed to Celiac Disease!!

here's more info below from www.csaceliacs.org
Best of luck!
Chairperson Louisiana North Shore Celiac Sprue Association

What are the symptoms

of Celiac Disease?

The symptoms of celiac disease (CD) vary so widely among patients that there is no such thing as a "typical celiac." The amount of intestinal damage that has occurred and the length of time nutrient absorption has been abnormal seem to be the factors that determine the type and severity of symptoms experienced. It is interesting to note that some people with CD report no symptoms at all.

"Celiac disease is one of the great mimics in gastroenterology in particular and medicine in general. Of 100 patients with CD, just over 10 percent present with classical overt symptoms of malabsorption such as weight loss, diarrhea and nutritional deficiencies. About 10 percent are incorrectly diagnosed for some length of time, in some cases years. Forty percent present in an atypical manner, which leads to lengthy delay in diagnosis. About 33 percent of patients have clinically silent disease and 7 percent have latent CD (no symptoms or small bowel lesion but will develop CD later, or had disease at an early age and resolved)."

C. Robert Dahl, MD, "Celiac Disease: The Great Mimic Presentation," CSA Annual Conference, September 2000,

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A. The Patient's Physical State

What are the symptoms? How long have they been present? How often do they occur?

* Abdominal cramping/bloating

* Feet (Reduced fat padding)

* Abdominal distention

* Flatus (Passing gas)

* Acidosis

* Gluten ataxia

* Appetite (Increased to the point of craving)

* Mouth sores or cracks in the corners

* Back pain (Such as a result of collapsed lumbar vertebrae)

* Muscle cramping (Especially in the hands and legs)

* Constipation

* Night blindness

* Decreased ability to clot blood

* Skin (Very dry)

* Dehydration

* Stools (Loose? Hard? Small? Large? Foul smelling? Floating? Clay, Light tan or Gray-colored? Highly rancid? Frothy?)

* Diarrhea (See Stools below)

* Tongue (Smooth or geographic - looks like different continents)

* Edema

* Tooth enamel defects

* Electrolyte depletion

* Weakness

* Energy loss

* Weight loss

* Fatigue

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B. The Patient's Emotional State

What is the patient's emotional state? Is it consistent throughout the day? When and for how long do the symptoms occur?

* Depression

* Disinterested in normal activities

* Irritable

* Mood changes

* Unable to concentrate

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C. Additional Conditions

What else is involved? Other diseases? Other organs?

* Amenorrhea

* Iron-deficiency anemia

* Bone disease

* Hyperparathyroidism

How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?

When working with a physician to diagnose and/or confirm celiac disease (CD), three major steps are taken. First, a thorough physical examination is conducted, including a series of blood tests, sometimes referred to as the Celiac Blood Panel. Second, a duodenal biopsy is performed with multiple samples from multiple locations in the small intestine. And third, the gluten-free diet is implemented. When the patient shows a positive response to the diet - symptoms subside and the small intestine returns to its normal, healthy state - the diagnosis of CD is confirmed.

(NOTE: To ensure the most accurate and timely diagnosis, the gluten-free diet should be implemented only after the first two steps have been completed.)

1: Examination

Patient History

When reviewing a patient's medical history and symptoms with a physician, the following areas should be considered in the discussion: (The first three are applicable to adults and children. The last is specific to children.)

* What are the symptoms? How long have they been present? How often do they occur?

* What is the patient's emotional state? Is it consistent throughout the day? When and for how long do the symptoms occur?

* What else is involved? Other diseases? Other organs?

* How is the child developing?

See What are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease? for a thorough list of possible symptoms.

Physical Examination

Depending on the presentation of symptoms, the physician will check for some of the following items:

* emaciation

* pallor (due to anemia)

* hypotension (low blood pressure)

* edema (due to low levels of protein, [albumin] in the blood)

* dermatitis herpetiformis (skin lesions)

* easy bruising (lack of vitamin K)

* bone or skin and mucosa membrane changes due to vitamin deficiencies

* protruding or distended abdomen (intestine dysmotility)

* loss of various sensations in extremities including vibration, position and light touch (vitamin deficiency)

* signs of severe vitamin/mineral deficiencies which may include:
* -diminished deep tendon reflexes

* muscle spasms (magnesium and/or calcium deficiency)

* bone tenderness and bone pain (due to osteomalacia)

Blood Tests

A number of tests, sometimes collectively referred to as the Celiac Blood Panel, will aid the physician in diagnosis. The tests may include, but are not limited to:

Serologic Tests

1. EMA (Immunoglobulin A anti-endomysium antibodies)
2. AGA (IgA anti-gliadin antibodies)
3. AGG (IgG anti-gliadin antibodies)
4. tTGA (IgA anti-tissue transglutaminase)

* Tolerance or Measure of Digestion/Absorption Tests

1. Lactose tolerance test.
2. D-Xylose test.

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2: Biopsy

In the event that clinical signs and laboratory tests indicate probable malabsorption, a biopsy of the small intestine [jejunal] is called for. In this test, a small flexible biopsy instrument is passed through a tube, down the throat, through the stomach and into the upper end of the small intestine where patchy, multiple snippets of tissue are gathered. The tube is removed and the tissue samples are examined under a microscope for signs of injury.

CD DiagnosisThe difference between tissue in a normal small intestine and that found in a celiac patient is remarkable. The normal finger-like projections (villi), which increase the absorptive surface area of the small intestine, are partially or totally flattened in a person with celiac disease. Enzymes located on the brush border are also drastically reduced. Lactase, the enzyme responsible for splitting milk sugar (lactose) so it can be absorbed, is an example of one of these brush border enzymes. This decrease in lactase explains why some untreated celiac patients may not be able to tolerate milk products and will have developed lactose intolerance. Elevated numbers of T-cell lymphocytes (white blood cells) are also present. The small bowel biopsy samples of persons with dermatitis herpetiformis often show similar damage.

To view a color-coded illustration of a single villus, visit MEDLINEplus.

NOTE: At this time there is no standardization in either serological testing or intestinal biopsies.

To view a chart showing typical test results for someone with celiac disease

Click Here

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3: Diet

The diagnosis of celiac disease is complete when the health of the patient improves following implementation of the gluten-free (GF) diet. When gluten is removed from the diet, most of the damage that was done to the small intestine (the jejunum) is repaired. It takes only three to six days for the intestinal lining (the mucosa) to show improvement. Within three to six months, most symptoms subside as the mucosa returns to its normal (or nearly normal) state.

For an explanation of the gluten-free diet, see:

* How is Celiac Disease Treated?
* Gluten-Free Diet: Basic Diet Choices
* Gluten-Free Diet: Grains and Flours

If, after six months on the GF diet, symptoms still persist, the following need to be considered:

* Has gluten been removed from every area of your diet and life?

(See How is Celiac Disease Treated? for information on where gluten can "hide" in food and other products.)

* Do unrelated conditions exist that are causing the continued discomfort?

(See How is Celiac Disease Treated? for information on additional conditions that may be present.)

The GF diet is a risk-free diet! Gluten, as a protein, is not essential to the diet and its amino acid components are replaced many times over by other foods. Adopting the GF diet can only result in improved health and well-being.

The medical information on this page was last reviewed/updated on January 1, 2004.  (+ info)

Can lactose intolerance cause malabsorption in other vitamins and nutrients?

I am consistently low in iron no matter how many supplements I take, or how many beans I eat. What is the deal?

EDIT -- if you are substituting soy or soy milk for proteins and/or dairy, be aware that soy products are iron inhibitors. This may be part of your problem...

Absolutely yes -- lactose intolerance can cause other digestive issues, as well, especially during an episode when your digestive tract is overactive and therefore NOT absorbing nutrients normally.

PS - be aware that there is a difference between milk allergy and lactose intolerance.

Blessings!  (+ info)

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