SHORT BOWEL SYNDROME WITH INTESTINAL FAILURE (SBS-IF) OVERVIEW

Your small intestine is where the majority of nutrients and fluids are absorbed into your body during digestion.1 Short bowel syndrome with intestinal failure (SBS-IF) is an ultra-rare condition in which your body is unable to absorb enough nutrients and fluids from your diet as a consequence of the intestine being too short.2

 

CAUSES OF SBS-IF

In the majority of cases, SBS-IF is caused by short bowel syndrome (SBS).3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your small intestine is where the majority of nutrients and fluids are absorbed into your body during digestion.1

SHORT BOWEL SYNDROME (SBS)

  • Defined as a remaining small bowel length shorter than 200 cm (79 inches)3

  • Often occurs as a result of having significant portions of your small intestine removed during surgery3

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INTESTINAL FAILURE (IF)

  • Length and function of the small intestine falls below the minimum necessary for the absorption of nutrients and water to maintain good health3

 

 



EFFECTS OF SBS-IF ON THE BODY

SBS-IF results in malabsorption and can put you at risk of malnutrition, diarrhoea and dehydration.2–5

SYMPTOMS OF SBS-IF

SBS-IF symptoms will vary in type and severity from person to person. The most common symptoms associated with the inability to properly absorb fluids and nutrients are shown adjacent:3,4

SYMPTOMS

fatigue

diarrhoea

dehydration

weight loss & malnutrition

fluid & electrolyte imbalance

 

 

SBS-IF DISEASE MANAGEMENT

If you have SBS-IF and are unable to meet nutritional and fluid needs through an oral diet, you may be given nutrients by a method known as parenteral support (PS). PS gives you the necessary nutrients by vein, straight into your blood to keep you healthy.3,4

Intestinal failure should not be confused with intestinal insufficiency. While intestinal function is compromised in patients with intestinal insufficiency, the nutrients needed to thrive still come from an oral diet or through tube feeding, known as enteral nutrition.3

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PATIENT SUPPORT

Being diagnosed with a serious, chronic and extremely rare condition can be upsetting and confusing. You will naturally have questions and concerns. However, by being diagnosed, you are empowered to understand what you are dealing with.

 

 

 

Contact your healthcare professional with questions or visit our patient support page.

Date of preparation: April 2020 C-ANPROM/INT//7389