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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

On-line version ISSN 2386-8201Print version ISSN 1699-695X


FRANQUELO MORALES, Pablo; ALRAMADAN ALRAMADAN, Mubarak; VALERO SERRANO, Beatriz  and  ACHILLE, Reagens. Short bowel syndrome. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2011, vol.4, n.2, pp.166-169. ISSN 2386-8201.

Short bowel syndrome is characterized by a significant reduction in the effective intestinal surface by an anatomical or functional loss of the small intestine. It mainly occurs after extensive bowel resection due to mesenteric ischemia. The main complications are diarrhoea, dehydration, weight loss, malnutrition, and electrolyte, vitamin and trace element deficiency. Treatment is based on appropriate, individualized nutritional support. We report the case of a young man with a hypercoagulable state and short bowel syndrome who presented with a confusional state due to non-compliance to diet and treatment, expressed as a Wernicke encephalopathy.

Keywords : Short Bowel Syndrome; Nutritional Therapy; Wernicke Encephalopathy.

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