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Contributors: Michael W. Winter MD, Desiree Rivera-Nieves MD, Khaled Bittar MD, Nishant H. Patel MD, Paritosh Prasad MD
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Synopsis

Malabsorption syndrome refers to the inadequate absorption of nutrients. This can be due to inherited or acquired defects in the small intestine mucosal epithelium.

Patients will present with an osmotic diarrhea (ie, profuse, watery) steatorrhea, abdominal distention, abdominal pain, or weight loss. They can also present with sequela of vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies, which can have widely variable presentations.

Malabsorption is a broad disease category. There are many disease states that result in malabsorption, and the clinical presentation will vary based on the location and severity of the intestinal malabsorption.

Related topics: Failure to thrive; Vitamin A deficiency; Vitamin B2 deficiency; Vitamin B6 deficiency; Vitamin B12 deficiency; Vitamin D deficiency; Vitamin E deficiency; Vitamin K deficiency

Codes

ICD10CM:
K90.9 – Intestinal malabsorption, unspecified

SNOMEDCT:
32230006 – Malabsorption Syndrome

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Last Reviewed: 10/04/2018
Last Updated: 10/04/2018
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Malabsorption syndrome : Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Abdominal distension, Failure to thrive, Weight loss, Anorexia, Steatorrhea
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