Malabsorption syndrome occurs when the small intestine is unable to absorb the nutrients from the foods that you eat. This syndrome includes a number of disorders that prevent the small intestines from absorbing fluids and nutrients, which can include vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Let’s take a look at the eight top causes for malabsorption.
- Celiac disease – Celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten. When gluten from grains are eaten, the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract becomes inflamed and the villous atrophy, resulting in malabsorption. According to Merck, celiac disease causes a number of abdominal disturbances, including diarrhea, anorexia, abdominal distention, failure to thrive, weakness and weight loss. Sufferers often experience ulcers and calcium and vitamin D deficiencies. Finally, patients may experience dermatitis herpetiformis, which is a rash that occurs on the scalp, buttocks, elbows, shoulders and knees.
- Cystic fibrosis – Cystic fibrosis can result in pancreas