Therapeutic Goals

The primary aim of treatment in SBS is to allow patients to resume as normal and independent a lifestyle as possible, enabling them to continue to do the things they enjoy.1,2 To achieve this, therapy is provided to ensure patients have adequate nutrition, that dehydration is prevented, and that diarrhoea is reduced.3 

The ultimate goal of treatment of these patients is to enable intestinal rehabilitation, that is, to significantly improve absorptive capacity of their intestines. This then helps to reduce, and ideally eliminate, their reliance on parenteral nutrition.3,4



  1. Buchman AL. Etiology and initial management of short bowel syndrome. Gastroenterology 2006;130(2 Suppl 1):S5–15.
  2. Donohoe CL, Reynolds JV. Short bowel syndrome. Surgeon 2010;8(5):270–9.
  3. Hofstetter S, Stern L, Willet J. Key issues in addressing the clinical and humanistic burden of short bowel syndrome in the US. Curr Med Res Opin 2013;29(5):495–504.
  4. Kelly DG, Tappenden KA, Winkler MF. Short bowel syndrome: highlights of patient management, quality of life, and survival. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014;38(4):427–37.



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