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Malabsorption syndrome: causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management

Malabsorption syndrome: causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management

From this pharmacy CPD module you will learn about:

  • What malabsorption syndrome is and the main causes of this disorder
  • Symptoms suggestive of malabsorption syndrome and tests used for diagnosis
  • Impact of the disorder on people’s lives and how it can be treated
  • Practical advice pharmacists can offer patients

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here

After ingestion of food, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract facilitates the absorption of nutrients into the blood. The majority of nutrient absorption/transport occurs in the small intestine, whereas the large intestine is primarily responsible for water and electrolyte transport. The small intestine is approximately 6m in length and 3cm in diameter, with a large surface area due to the presence of villi and microvilli.(1)

When certain nutrients

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