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Diseases of the Small Bowel (or Small Intestine)

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Amyloidosis is a widely scattered multisystem disorder characterized by a deposit of protein-based material within various tissues that affects their functioning. Read more

Celiac Sprue

Celiac sprue is a sensitivity to gluten (a component of wheat). Patients with this disorder show signs of malabsorption and may experience weight loss, gastric distention or diabetes. Read more


Dysmotility is a disorder where the muscles of the digestive system become impaired. The impairment can lead to changes in the speed, strength or coordination in the digestive organs like the stomach, small intestine and colon. Read more


Infections can present for a number of years, ranging from being acute to chronic. Gastrointestinal infections can be broken up into three main types: intestinal, protozoal, and salmonella. Read more

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD is a group of disorders where the intestines become inflamed. These disorders affect more than 500,000 Americans and treatments can include dietary adjustments, different medications and surgery. Read more

Intestinal Lymphangiectasia

Intestinal lymphangiectasia is an abnormality of lymphatic channels which are the tubular system of channels that transports fats from the intestine to the liver and other organs. Read more

Intestinal Lymphoma

Intestinal lymphoma is a recognized complication of celiac sprue and can occur when the body's ability to fight infectious disease is compromised or entirely absent. Read more

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance occurs when the body lacks the proper enzymes to break down lactose, a special type of sugar that is found in dairy products. Symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating and gas may occur. Read more

Small Bowel Obstruction

A small bowel obstruction, which prevents or slows down the movement of food, is a potentially dangerous condition that can seriously impact quality of life. Read more

Tropical Sprue

Tropical Sprue is a malabsorptive disorder characterized by abnormalities in the lining of the small intestine that may result in increased water loss as well as poor absorption of folic acid and salts. Read more


Tumors of the small intestine are rare but they either fall into the category of malignant or benign. They are usually single, but may be multiple depending on the syndrome. Read more

Whipple's Disease

Whipple's disease a rare condition that prevents the small intestines from properly absorbing nutrients. It can affect the skin, joints, nervous system and heart. Read more

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