Congenital short bowel syndrome
A disease characterized by a shortened small intestine, intestinal malrotation, and malabsorption. The mean length of the small intestine in CSBS patients is approximately 50 cm, compared with a normal length at birth of 190-280 cm. Patients with CSBS may develop severe malnutrition as a result of the hugely reduced absorptive surface of the small intestine. Infants require parenteral nutrition for survival. However, parenteral nutrition itself causes life-threatening complications such as sepsis and liver failure which are associated with a high rate of mortality early in life.
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