Malabsorption is the inability of the body to absorb nutrients from the intestinal tract. This condition often occurs as a result of an underlying medical condition, which may include:

  • Chronic liver disease
  • AIDS and HIV
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Parasitic infection


Symptoms of Malabsorption
Symptoms of malabsorption may include;

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Failure to thrive
  • Weakened muscles
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Gas

Individuals experiencing the symptoms of malabsorption should seek medical attention.

Diagnosis of Malabsorption
In diagnosing malabsorption, a variety of tests are conducted; some of these tests may include:

  • Hydrogen breath test
  • Small bowel biopsy
  • Stool culture
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • CT Scan


Treatment of Malabsorption
Malabsorption Is typically treated by addressing the underlying medical condition. Additionally, vitamin supplements and nutrient replacement therapy may be prescribed to ensure that the patient receives the proper amount of nutrients it had previously failed to digest.